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Finally, the Official Ballots for the 2019 Mid-Term National and Local Elections slated on Monday, May 13, 2019 arrived this morning at Cebu City Hall and was formally turned over to the Office of the Cebu City Treasurer for safekeeping.
Commission on Election (COMELEC) North District Election Officer Atty. Marchel Sarno together with Cebu City Treasurer Arlene Rentuza, and representatives from both camps were present during the turn over.
This will be distributed to 411 clustered precincts for the South District and 348 clustered precincts for the North District starting Sunday, May 12 and early morning of May 13, 2019.
Sarno assured the public that they are now 90% ready while the remaining 10% is for coordination with COMELEC partners. Briefings with teachers and other personnel who will be working during election day is now being undertaken to ensure that all election materials are ready and everything will go on smoothly.
When asked on what security measures that the COMELEC is now preparing, Sarno said they have been coordinating with the local police and barangays that no untoward incidents will happen and that people who will be voting will be safe and secure in their respective polling precincts. (Farlash Acenas & Tito Basilisco/PIO)
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An abundant and reliable supply of pure seawater is eyed as the future source of water for Metro Cebu.
This was revealed by Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) General Manager Jose Eugenio Singson Jr. during yesterday’s Executive Session of the Cebu City Council on the status of the water supply and demand in Cebu City.
During the Cebu City Council Session, MCWD Community Affairs Manager Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara believes that the Cebu City government could help solve the water shortage through its political, social and environmental efforts.
Kara admitted that the MCWD couldn’t address the high demand for water.
With the water problem, Kara appealed to the city council to create a law that would allow private companies operating desalination plants and those companies supplying the MCWD to buy power from the cheapest suppliers so the price of water will not be so high for the consumers.
The city should also promote rainwater harvesting and offer incentives or tax rebates to companies that use green technologies in order to protect the environment.
MCWD is also asking the city to help in making the public understand that water is no longer cheap and that they need to recycle its usage because water conservation is a way of life for Cebu City.
MCWD plans to bid out the 100,000 cubic meters per day bulk supply for Desalinated Water to secure the water demand in Mactan island by 2022.
These are surface water sources—which are the Mananga and Lusaran Dams—and pure seawater desalination in the next few years.
These are in addition to short- and medium-term solutions that include groundwater wells, catchment facilities and bulk water supply projects that are already in the pipeline.
Liga ng mga Barangay President Franklyn Ong recommended that MCWD launch a massive advocacy campaign to inform the public about the nitrate contamination of water sources and to educate water users about the need to ensure that their septic tanks do not contaminate the aquifer.
Councilor Margot Osmena also said that MCWD should emphasize that its water is potable since this is very good for Cebuanos.
“It save money and saves the environment,” she added.
Singson assured the city council that additional reservoirs are among MCWD’s immediate projects. (With reports from MCWD / Farlash Acenas, Margie Bulado & Tito Basilisco/PIO)