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3 LGUs to work together to address traffic, flooding

A TRAFFIC and flooding summit will be conducted in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Talisay on the second week of August 2019.

The mayors of the three local government units (LGUs) have realized that they need to collaborate to address the traffic and flooding problem in the metro.

“In principle, we already agreed to hold the summit. We just need to finalize the other details like the date of the summit. We will start first with the cities of Talisay and Mandaue, but we will also include other LGUs soon,” said Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella.

In a press release on Friday, July 19, 2019, Labella said there is a need for the City to coordinate with neighboring LGUs to allow them to create a more effective and more efficient means of solving the concerns on traffic and flooding.

Labella said the city has been suffering from flooding, which also contributes to the traffic problem.

To address the problem of flooding, the mayor also wants to clean the city’s waterways.

Labella said the dredging will be set on the weekend after their second meeting on July 22.

“Probably on Saturday and Sunday (July 27 and 28),” Labella said.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Department of Public Services (DPS) head Joel Biton confirmed that several companies joined the bidding for a new garbage hauler of the City, as its contract with Jomara Konstruct Corp. will end on Saturday, July 20.

Biton assured that garbage collection will not be affected by the expiration of the contract since the City has garbage trucks which collect garbage from households and some business establishments.

The DPS collects garbage from the streets from 4 p.m. to midnight and midnight to 8 a.m.

While waiting for a new hauler, Biton said all collected garbage will be taken to the transfer station in Barangay Inayawan. Once the winning bidder is announced, it will be its responsibility to dispose of the garbage, he said.

Biton said the only ideal landfill nearby is the one in Barangay Binaliw. (JJL)


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