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The current board refers to Daluz, Miguelito Pato and Jodelyn May Seno, appointees of the late mayor Edgardo Labella; and Danilo Ortiz and Earl Bonachita, appointees of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.Salonga said it is just a six-month partial intervention, with “setting aside” meaning “suspension.”“Nobody is being replaced. They are being set aside for an interim board to take its place for six months,” Salonga said.Salonga said it seems the MCWD board is questioning the powers of LWUA to investigate when these powers are found in Presidential Decree 198.“It seems they want us to ask permission first before taking regulatory action. It seems unusual,” Salonga said.Salonga said LWUA can intervene even without court processes, and that questioning the legality of their intervention is frustrating the will of the law, which impedes their ability to do their job.Salonga said LWUA hopes they will come to an agreement to end the matter peacefully and lawfully.On receiving LWUA’s notice of takeover Friday, Daluz had said he would abide by LWUA’s order, only for him and fellow board members Pato and Seno to say Wednesday that they would continue to function as MCWD’s board pending the resolution on the legality of LWUA’s takeover.On Monday, Donoso had said he would continue to recognize the Daluz-led board while he awaited the opinion of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) on Salonga’s appointment of the interim board composed of Maria Rosan D. Perez, Noel A. Samonte and Anabelle C. Gravador.Closed-door meetingInsisting on the “status quo,” Daluz III said LWUA and MCWD had agreed during their closed-door meeting Thursday to wait for the opinion of the OGCC. However, Salonga questioned the legality of the action of MCWD general manager Donoso to declare a status quo.“The pronouncement that the GM can pronounce a status quo order, I cannot find any legal basis... That is for the court to decide,” Salonga said. “They do not have the standing to proclaim a status quo order.” What will happen after six months?Salonga said they will wait for the findings, as he assured that nobody is guilty yet.Ong said the problem is the MCWD’s current board is not open to any investigation, when in a government agency everything should be transparent.Ong said they are just doing their job and they want to check some procurements, the Commission on Audit’s findings on MCWD, as well as the non-revenue water (NRW).Ong said from 2019, there was at least a 23 percent loss, equivalent to 14 million gallons of water per day, due to NRW. In 2022, this reached 32 percent, equivalent to 21 million gallons of water per day. This year, they’ve been told that it has already reached 36 percent.Salonga said there has been about a P120 million loss in revenue every year because of non-revenue water.Vested interests?In a separate press conference held before LWUA’s, Daluz said they are not fighting the LWUA as an institution, but only its chairman of the board, Ronnie Ong.“This is all about Ronnie Ong. We will not involve the entire LWUA or the institution because there are some people in LWUA that are not agreeing to this action of Ronnie Ong. I just want to be clear: We are not fighting the LWUA institution, the people in LWUA. It is only Ronnie Ong, the chairman, who has interest to take over the MCWD,” Daluz said.Sought for his reaction, Ong assured that there is no vested interest in LWUA’s action. Ong said he has no personal interest in MCWD, not even business interest, emphasizing that he is not the one who is using the MCWD building for political reasons.Ong was referring to the event of the Kilusang Bagong Pilipinas Cebu City Chapter held at the MCWD Social Hall last March 16.In a press conference at the PDG Law Office in the North Reclamation Area last Wednesday, Daluz explained that the group was affiliated with the Office of the Vice President, so he could not refuse their request.Daluz said it is their corporate responsibility to cater to the requests of other government agencies, and that as MCWD chairman he was also invited to attend the event.He said the event was approved two weeks before the March 15 notice of intervention, emphasizing that they could not just cancel the event due to the turn of events.Political pressure Salonga denied that there was political pressure behind LWUA’s action, despite the issue stemming from the conflict between Mayor Rama and Daluz.Salonga said they are trying to be apolitical in their intervention.If the MCWD board will not abide by LWUA’s partial intervention, Salonga said they will resort to the due process of law. He did not specify what this meant.However, Daluz said Wednesday that he believed that the Rama administration had a hand in the matter.“If we say that Mike Rama had a hand in this, I’ve been hearing that for a long time. That has already happened. That’s already been proven that he has already a hand in this,” Daluz said in a mix of Cebuano and English.Daluz also said Cebu City Police Office Director Ireneo Dalogdog would not have acted without the directive of the mayor. On Wednesday, there were at least 10 police personnel deployed outside the MCWD building.Ong and Salonga said they requested police assistance to ensure the safety of the interim board.Asked if they sought police assistance because the interim board had already been harassed, Salonga said no.When Ong and Salonga, along with LWUA’s interim board of directors, arrived at the MCWD building on Thursday, they were welcomed by Daluz, Donoso and MCWD secretary Seno.Meeting the governorAfter the press conference, the LWUA and MCWD officials went to the Provincial Capitol and met with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.MCWD vice chairman Pato was present at the meeting with the governor but not at the press conference at MCWD.According to a video sent by MCWD spokesperson Minerva Gerodias, Garcia said it is good to come together to talk and come up with a win-win solution for the benefit of the Cebuanos.Ong said LWUA and MCWD had agreed to wait for the opinion of the OGCC, which serves as the corporate counsel for both entities. While awaiting the opinion, Ong said, MCWD had agreed to provide LWUA with the necessary documents.Last November, Garcia had recognized the LWUA’s position acknowledging Daluz, Pato and Seno as board members in the trio’s dispute with Mayor Rama, who had replaced them last Oct. 31 with Melquiades Feliciano, Aristotle Batuhan and Nelson Yuvallos.Last June, Daluz said Rama had been trying to remove him as chairman of the MCWD board since his board refused the mayor’s move to “privatize” MCWD, and after Daluz suggested that younger and fresh names of their party coalition run in the 2025 elections.Rama, a senior citizen and a seasoned politician, is seeking reelection in 2025. What app can earn money in Philippines? Philippines RASH. Residents of Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City reported getting skin rashes in late January 2024, which they attribute to the ship-breaking operations of mv Diamond Highway in the area. / LAPU-LAPU CITY PUBLIC inFORMATION OFFICEPITY THE CHILDREN. 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The company sought a permit for its ship-breaking operation from the Maritime Industry Authority.During the investigation, the CHO-ST discovered that containment measures observed during the cutting were insufficient, which heightened the risk of environmental pollution and compromised the safety of nearby residents. They also noted that the management did not strictly follow environmental protocols and guidelines for residue management during salvage operations.Children, livelihood affectedAccording to Estardo, children aged eight to 12 years old were among those affected. Around 105 of the 200 affected residents received medical attention from the LLCHO, while the others had gone to private hospitals and clinics. Estardo said officials from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), LLCHO and DENR are still conducting tests to determine the safety of fish swimming in waters near the ship. Most of the affected residents rely on fishing for a living.“Most of the affected residents are small-time fishermen who fish for consumption and then sell whatever is left to neighbors. 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A TECHNICAL issue caused widespread login issues for a few hours across Meta's Facebook, Instagram, Threads and Messenger platforms Tuesday, March 5, 2024.Andy Stone, Meta’s head communications, acknowledged the issues on X, formerly known as Twitter, and said the company “resolved the issue as quickly as possible for everyone who was impacted, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”Users reported being locked out of their Facebook accounts and feeds on the platform as well as Threads and Instagram were not refreshing. WhatsApp, which is also owned by Meta, appeared unaffected.A senior official with the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency told reporters Tuesday that the agency was “not aware of any specific election nexus nor any specific malicious cyberactivity nexus to the outage.”The outage comes just ahead of Thursday's deadline for Big Tech companies to comply with the European Union’s new Digital Markets Act. 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(AP) Best Roulette Website THE Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has insisted on its power to implement a partial intervention in the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) for a period of six months, saying this is for the purpose of investigating issues surrounding the water district.In a press conference at the MCWD building Thursday, March 21, 2024, LWUA Chairman Ronnie Ong said the LWUA Board of Trustees issued Resolution No. 35, s. 2023 to “set aside” MCWD’s five-member board of directors led by chairman Jose Daluz III, so that the LWUA can check on a number of issues in MCWD.The investigation is for these reasons: MCWD has high non-revenue water, allegedly failed to comply with procurement laws, and sought a questionable 70 percent water rate hike.OveractingOng was accompanied in the press conference by LWUA Administrator Jose Moises Salonga and the three LWUA officers that Salonga had last Friday designated as members of MCWD’s interim board of directors to take over MCWD’s board.“Ang OA (overacting) naman na ayaw magpa-investigate,” Salonga said, after his letter informing Daluz and MCWD General Manager Edgar Donoso of LWUA’s March 15 takeover of MCWD’s board was basically ignored by the duo, who questioned LWUA’s authority to undertake the takeover.(They are overacting when they refuse to be investigated.)Are they taking over?Ong clarified that they are not taking over the water district but only “setting aside” the current board in order for them to investigate and check all the documents of MCWD. The current board refers to Daluz, Miguelito Pato and Jodelyn May Seno, appointees of the late mayor Edgardo Labella; and Danilo Ortiz and Earl Bonachita, appointees of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.Salonga said it is just a six-month partial intervention, with “setting aside” meaning “suspension.”“Nobody is being replaced. They are being set aside for an interim board to take its place for six months,” Salonga said.Salonga said it seems the MCWD board is questioning the powers of LWUA to investigate when these powers are found in Presidential Decree 198.“It seems they want us to ask permission first before taking regulatory action. It seems unusual,” Salonga said.Salonga said LWUA can intervene even without court processes, and that questioning the legality of their intervention is frustrating the will of the law, which impedes their ability to do their job.Salonga said LWUA hopes they will come to an agreement to end the matter peacefully and lawfully.On receiving LWUA’s notice of takeover Friday, Daluz had said he would abide by LWUA’s order, only for him and fellow board members Pato and Seno to say Wednesday that they would continue to function as MCWD’s board pending the resolution on the legality of LWUA’s takeover.On Monday, Donoso had said he would continue to recognize the Daluz-led board while he awaited the opinion of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) on Salonga’s appointment of the interim board composed of Maria Rosan D. Perez, Noel A. Samonte and Anabelle C. Gravador.Closed-door meetingInsisting on the “status quo,” Daluz III said LWUA and MCWD had agreed during their closed-door meeting Thursday to wait for the opinion of the OGCC. However, Salonga questioned the legality of the action of MCWD general manager Donoso to declare a status quo.“The pronouncement that the GM can pronounce a status quo order, I cannot find any legal basis... That is for the court to decide,” Salonga said. “They do not have the standing to proclaim a status quo order.” What will happen after six months?Salonga said they will wait for the findings, as he assured that nobody is guilty yet.Ong said the problem is the MCWD’s current board is not open to any investigation, when in a government agency everything should be transparent.Ong said they are just doing their job and they want to check some procurements, the Commission on Audit’s findings on MCWD, as well as the non-revenue water (NRW).Ong said from 2019, there was at least a 23 percent loss, equivalent to 14 million gallons of water per day, due to NRW. In 2022, this reached 32 percent, equivalent to 21 million gallons of water per day. This year, they’ve been told that it has already reached 36 percent.Salonga said there has been about a P120 million loss in revenue every year because of non-revenue water.Vested interests?In a separate press conference held before LWUA’s, Daluz said they are not fighting the LWUA as an institution, but only its chairman of the board, Ronnie Ong.“This is all about Ronnie Ong. We will not involve the entire LWUA or the institution because there are some people in LWUA that are not agreeing to this action of Ronnie Ong. I just want to be clear: We are not fighting the LWUA institution, the people in LWUA. It is only Ronnie Ong, the chairman, who has interest to take over the MCWD,” Daluz said.Sought for his reaction, Ong assured that there is no vested interest in LWUA’s action. Ong said he has no personal interest in MCWD, not even business interest, emphasizing that he is not the one who is using the MCWD building for political reasons.Ong was referring to the event of the Kilusang Bagong Pilipinas Cebu City Chapter held at the MCWD Social Hall last March 16.In a press conference at the PDG Law Office in the North Reclamation Area last Wednesday, Daluz explained that the group was affiliated with the Office of the Vice President, so he could not refuse their request.Daluz said it is their corporate responsibility to cater to the requests of other government agencies, and that as MCWD chairman he was also invited to attend the event.He said the event was approved two weeks before the March 15 notice of intervention, emphasizing that they could not just cancel the event due to the turn of events.Political pressure Salonga denied that there was political pressure behind LWUA’s action, despite the issue stemming from the conflict between Mayor Rama and Daluz.Salonga said they are trying to be apolitical in their intervention.If the MCWD board will not abide by LWUA’s partial intervention, Salonga said they will resort to the due process of law. He did not specify what this meant.However, Daluz said Wednesday that he believed that the Rama administration had a hand in the matter.“If we say that Mike Rama had a hand in this, I’ve been hearing that for a long time. That has already happened. That’s already been proven that he has already a hand in this,” Daluz said in a mix of Cebuano and English.Daluz also said Cebu City Police Office Director Ireneo Dalogdog would not have acted without the directive of the mayor. On Wednesday, there were at least 10 police personnel deployed outside the MCWD building.Ong and Salonga said they requested police assistance to ensure the safety of the interim board.Asked if they sought police assistance because the interim board had already been harassed, Salonga said no.When Ong and Salonga, along with LWUA’s interim board of directors, arrived at the MCWD building on Thursday, they were welcomed by Daluz, Donoso and MCWD secretary Seno.Meeting the governorAfter the press conference, the LWUA and MCWD officials went to the Provincial Capitol and met with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.MCWD vice chairman Pato was present at the meeting with the governor but not at the press conference at MCWD.According to a video sent by MCWD spokesperson Minerva Gerodias, Garcia said it is good to come together to talk and come up with a win-win solution for the benefit of the Cebuanos.Ong said LWUA and MCWD had agreed to wait for the opinion of the OGCC, which serves as the corporate counsel for both entities. While awaiting the opinion, Ong said, MCWD had agreed to provide LWUA with the necessary documents.Last November, Garcia had recognized the LWUA’s position acknowledging Daluz, Pato and Seno as board members in the trio’s dispute with Mayor Rama, who had replaced them last Oct. 31 with Melquiades Feliciano, Aristotle Batuhan and Nelson Yuvallos.Last June, Daluz said Rama had been trying to remove him as chairman of the MCWD board since his board refused the mayor’s move to “privatize” MCWD, and after Daluz suggested that younger and fresh names of their party coalition run in the 2025 elections.Rama, a senior citizen and a seasoned politician, is seeking reelection in 2025.

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THE Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has insisted on its power to implement a partial intervention in the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) for a period of six months, saying this is for the purpose of investigating issues surrounding the water district.In a press conference at the MCWD building Thursday, March 21, 2024, LWUA Chairman Ronnie Ong said the LWUA Board of Trustees issued Resolution No. 35, s. 2023 to “set aside” MCWD’s five-member board of directors led by chairman Jose Daluz III, so that the LWUA can check on a number of issues in MCWD.The investigation is for these reasons: MCWD has high non-revenue water, allegedly failed to comply with procurement laws, and sought a questionable 70 percent water rate hike.OveractingOng was accompanied in the press conference by LWUA Administrator Jose Moises Salonga and the three LWUA officers that Salonga had last Friday designated as members of MCWD’s interim board of directors to take over MCWD’s board.“Ang OA (overacting) naman na ayaw magpa-investigate,” Salonga said, after his letter informing Daluz and MCWD General Manager Edgar Donoso of LWUA’s March 15 takeover of MCWD’s board was basically ignored by the duo, who questioned LWUA’s authority to undertake the takeover.(They are overacting when they refuse to be investigated.)Are they taking over?Ong clarified that they are not taking over the water district but only “setting aside” the current board in order for them to investigate and check all the documents of MCWD. The current board refers to Daluz, Miguelito Pato and Jodelyn May Seno, appointees of the late mayor Edgardo Labella; and Danilo Ortiz and Earl Bonachita, appointees of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.Salonga said it is just a six-month partial intervention, with “setting aside” meaning “suspension.”“Nobody is being replaced. They are being set aside for an interim board to take its place for six months,” Salonga said.Salonga said it seems the MCWD board is questioning the powers of LWUA to investigate when these powers are found in Presidential Decree 198.“It seems they want us to ask permission first before taking regulatory action. It seems unusual,” Salonga said.Salonga said LWUA can intervene even without court processes, and that questioning the legality of their intervention is frustrating the will of the law, which impedes their ability to do their job.Salonga said LWUA hopes they will come to an agreement to end the matter peacefully and lawfully.On receiving LWUA’s notice of takeover Friday, Daluz had said he would abide by LWUA’s order, only for him and fellow board members Pato and Seno to say Wednesday that they would continue to function as MCWD’s board pending the resolution on the legality of LWUA’s takeover.On Monday, Donoso had said he would continue to recognize the Daluz-led board while he awaited the opinion of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) on Salonga’s appointment of the interim board composed of Maria Rosan D. Perez, Noel A. Samonte and Anabelle C. Gravador.Closed-door meetingInsisting on the “status quo,” Daluz III said LWUA and MCWD had agreed during their closed-door meeting Thursday to wait for the opinion of the OGCC. However, Salonga questioned the legality of the action of MCWD general manager Donoso to declare a status quo.“The pronouncement that the GM can pronounce a status quo order, I cannot find any legal basis... That is for the court to decide,” Salonga said. “They do not have the standing to proclaim a status quo order.” What will happen after six months?Salonga said they will wait for the findings, as he assured that nobody is guilty yet.Ong said the problem is the MCWD’s current board is not open to any investigation, when in a government agency everything should be transparent.Ong said they are just doing their job and they want to check some procurements, the Commission on Audit’s findings on MCWD, as well as the non-revenue water (NRW).Ong said from 2019, there was at least a 23 percent loss, equivalent to 14 million gallons of water per day, due to NRW. In 2022, this reached 32 percent, equivalent to 21 million gallons of water per day. This year, they’ve been told that it has already reached 36 percent.Salonga said there has been about a P120 million loss in revenue every year because of non-revenue water.Vested interests?In a separate press conference held before LWUA’s, Daluz said they are not fighting the LWUA as an institution, but only its chairman of the board, Ronnie Ong.“This is all about Ronnie Ong. We will not involve the entire LWUA or the institution because there are some people in LWUA that are not agreeing to this action of Ronnie Ong. I just want to be clear: We are not fighting the LWUA institution, the people in LWUA. It is only Ronnie Ong, the chairman, who has interest to take over the MCWD,” Daluz said.Sought for his reaction, Ong assured that there is no vested interest in LWUA’s action. Ong said he has no personal interest in MCWD, not even business interest, emphasizing that he is not the one who is using the MCWD building for political reasons.Ong was referring to the event of the Kilusang Bagong Pilipinas Cebu City Chapter held at the MCWD Social Hall last March 16.In a press conference at the PDG Law Office in the North Reclamation Area last Wednesday, Daluz explained that the group was affiliated with the Office of the Vice President, so he could not refuse their request.Daluz said it is their corporate responsibility to cater to the requests of other government agencies, and that as MCWD chairman he was also invited to attend the event.He said the event was approved two weeks before the March 15 notice of intervention, emphasizing that they could not just cancel the event due to the turn of events.Political pressure Salonga denied that there was political pressure behind LWUA’s action, despite the issue stemming from the conflict between Mayor Rama and Daluz.Salonga said they are trying to be apolitical in their intervention.If the MCWD board will not abide by LWUA’s partial intervention, Salonga said they will resort to the due process of law. He did not specify what this meant.However, Daluz said Wednesday that he believed that the Rama administration had a hand in the matter.“If we say that Mike Rama had a hand in this, I’ve been hearing that for a long time. That has already happened. That’s already been proven that he has already a hand in this,” Daluz said in a mix of Cebuano and English.Daluz also said Cebu City Police Office Director Ireneo Dalogdog would not have acted without the directive of the mayor. On Wednesday, there were at least 10 police personnel deployed outside the MCWD building.Ong and Salonga said they requested police assistance to ensure the safety of the interim board.Asked if they sought police assistance because the interim board had already been harassed, Salonga said no.When Ong and Salonga, along with LWUA’s interim board of directors, arrived at the MCWD building on Thursday, they were welcomed by Daluz, Donoso and MCWD secretary Seno.Meeting the governorAfter the press conference, the LWUA and MCWD officials went to the Provincial Capitol and met with Gov. 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Sitios Tulo, Lupa and Malingin, including a nearby compound, are the areas closest to the ship-breaking operation and are most affected by it.Mayor Junard Chan took to Facebook to announce he had ordered the temporary halt of the ship-breaking operations of mv Diamond Highway on Jan. 31, 2024. The ship ran aground during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021, and then it caught fire in April 2023 as it was being broken apart amid a salvage operation.Chan said the process of breaking and demolishing the ship could have caused a significant emission of dust, and burnt materials of the ship, such as foams, could have contributed to the dust emissions.On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Chan issued a cease and desist order (CDO) banning the ship-breaking company from cutting any parts of mv Diamond Highway. Instead, the company was asked to clear the debris that may have caused the large volume of dust and shoulder the medication costs of those affected. The CDO came into effect on Thursday, Feb. 1.Chan said the resumption of the ship-breaking operation will depend on the findings of the Lapu-Lapu City Health Office (LLCHO), which is currently investigating the issue.No permit Punta Engaño residents started to file complaints on Jan. 28 over the alleged health and environmental hazards caused by the ship-breaking operation to the barangay committee on health, which then took action by seeking the help of the LLCHO, Department of Health and the Lapu-Lapu City Government.Barangay Councilor Mark Jonas Estardo, the committee’s assistant chairman, said residents also complained about black dust residue visible in their homes, particularly on their hung clothes. On Jan. 30, the Punta Engaño Barangay Council released a resolution stating that the barangay did not receive any letter or permit from the ship’s management regarding its ship-breaking operation. It was estimated that the operation began in May 2023, but the company did not secure any clearance from the barangay.SunStar Cebu reported last year, however, that the fire that struck the ship in late April 2023 could have been caused by the salvage operations being undertaken at the time by more than 20 workers.The resolution also noted that the company failed to present an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), a license or permit to operate, and a certificate of registration to the barangay.A separate investigation conducted by the City Health Office Surveillance Team (CHO-ST) on Jan. 28 found that the residue generated from cutting parts of the ship was not adequately managed, and there was evident residue accumulation within the vicinity of the ship. The company sought a permit for its ship-breaking operation from the Maritime Industry Authority.During the investigation, the CHO-ST discovered that containment measures observed during the cutting were insufficient, which heightened the risk of environmental pollution and compromised the safety of nearby residents. They also noted that the management did not strictly follow environmental protocols and guidelines for residue management during salvage operations.Children, livelihood affectedAccording to Estardo, children aged eight to 12 years old were among those affected. Around 105 of the 200 affected residents received medical attention from the LLCHO, while the others had gone to private hospitals and clinics. Estardo said officials from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), LLCHO and DENR are still conducting tests to determine the safety of fish swimming in waters near the ship. Most of the affected residents rely on fishing for a living.“Most of the affected residents are small-time fishermen who fish for consumption and then sell whatever is left to neighbors. The others are construction workers in hotels,” Estardo said in Cebuano.As for the safety of swimmers, the city’s Public Information Office said there are no resorts located near the ship-breaking area.Recommendation The CHO-ST initially recommended that the ongoing salvage operation be immediately stopped and for the shipping company to remove any residues that have accumulated within the facility.It also suggested that the shipping company establish suitable devices such as dust collectors or other equipment to contain residual or hazardous wastes generated during salvage operations due to the cutting of ship parts, fragments and debris.Meanwhile, to contain the dispersion of fumes, dust or powdery charcoal that may be produced as a by-product of the cutting or wrecking process, it is deemed necessary to install a wind barrier or an enclosure.To prevent the dispersion of accumulated residue into the environment, the CHO-ST suggested covering the area with tarpaulins or linoleum. Alternatively, the stored residue could be saturated frequently with water, which would allow the powder particles to remain on ground level.Lastly, the investigating body ordered the shipping company to submit a plan or standard operating procedure for the ship-breaking to the Philippine Coast Guard, Marina, Cenro, Punta Engaño officials and the DENR.Meanwhile, the LLCHO advised residents to observe proper sanitation and cleanliness of their surroundings, including proper waste segregation. Barangay officials were also tasked to provide adequate water for affected residents and to coordinate with the City Government.The office also demanded that the management of mv Diamond Highway provide medical and financial assistance to the affected residents. Estardo said the shipping firm has been heeding the suggestions and already donated alcohol, masks and anti-fungal ointments, among others. 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THE Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) has insisted on its power to implement a partial intervention in the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) for a period of six months, saying this is for the purpose of investigating issues surrounding the water district.In a press conference at the MCWD building Thursday, March 21, 2024, LWUA Chairman Ronnie Ong said the LWUA Board of Trustees issued Resolution No. 35, s. 2023 to “set aside” MCWD’s five-member board of directors led by chairman Jose Daluz III, so that the LWUA can check on a number of issues in MCWD.The investigation is for these reasons: MCWD has high non-revenue water, allegedly failed to comply with procurement laws, and sought a questionable 70 percent water rate hike.OveractingOng was accompanied in the press conference by LWUA Administrator Jose Moises Salonga and the three LWUA officers that Salonga had last Friday designated as members of MCWD’s interim board of directors to take over MCWD’s board.“Ang OA (overacting) naman na ayaw magpa-investigate,” Salonga said, after his letter informing Daluz and MCWD General Manager Edgar Donoso of LWUA’s March 15 takeover of MCWD’s board was basically ignored by the duo, who questioned LWUA’s authority to undertake the takeover.(They are overacting when they refuse to be investigated.)Are they taking over?Ong clarified that they are not taking over the water district but only “setting aside” the current board in order for them to investigate and check all the documents of MCWD. The current board refers to Daluz, Miguelito Pato and Jodelyn May Seno, appointees of the late mayor Edgardo Labella; and Danilo Ortiz and Earl Bonachita, appointees of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.Salonga said it is just a six-month partial intervention, with “setting aside” meaning “suspension.”“Nobody is being replaced. They are being set aside for an interim board to take its place for six months,” Salonga said.Salonga said it seems the MCWD board is questioning the powers of LWUA to investigate when these powers are found in Presidential Decree 198.“It seems they want us to ask permission first before taking regulatory action. It seems unusual,” Salonga said.Salonga said LWUA can intervene even without court processes, and that questioning the legality of their intervention is frustrating the will of the law, which impedes their ability to do their job.Salonga said LWUA hopes they will come to an agreement to end the matter peacefully and lawfully.On receiving LWUA’s notice of takeover Friday, Daluz had said he would abide by LWUA’s order, only for him and fellow board members Pato and Seno to say Wednesday that they would continue to function as MCWD’s board pending the resolution on the legality of LWUA’s takeover.On Monday, Donoso had said he would continue to recognize the Daluz-led board while he awaited the opinion of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) on Salonga’s appointment of the interim board composed of Maria Rosan D. Perez, Noel A. Samonte and Anabelle C. Gravador.Closed-door meetingInsisting on the “status quo,” Daluz III said LWUA and MCWD had agreed during their closed-door meeting Thursday to wait for the opinion of the OGCC. However, Salonga questioned the legality of the action of MCWD general manager Donoso to declare a status quo.“The pronouncement that the GM can pronounce a status quo order, I cannot find any legal basis... That is for the court to decide,” Salonga said. “They do not have the standing to proclaim a status quo order.” What will happen after six months?Salonga said they will wait for the findings, as he assured that nobody is guilty yet.Ong said the problem is the MCWD’s current board is not open to any investigation, when in a government agency everything should be transparent.Ong said they are just doing their job and they want to check some procurements, the Commission on Audit’s findings on MCWD, as well as the non-revenue water (NRW).Ong said from 2019, there was at least a 23 percent loss, equivalent to 14 million gallons of water per day, due to NRW. In 2022, this reached 32 percent, equivalent to 21 million gallons of water per day. This year, they’ve been told that it has already reached 36 percent.Salonga said there has been about a P120 million loss in revenue every year because of non-revenue water.Vested interests?In a separate press conference held before LWUA’s, Daluz said they are not fighting the LWUA as an institution, but only its chairman of the board, Ronnie Ong.“This is all about Ronnie Ong. We will not involve the entire LWUA or the institution because there are some people in LWUA that are not agreeing to this action of Ronnie Ong. I just want to be clear: We are not fighting the LWUA institution, the people in LWUA. It is only Ronnie Ong, the chairman, who has interest to take over the MCWD,” Daluz said.Sought for his reaction, Ong assured that there is no vested interest in LWUA’s action. Ong said he has no personal interest in MCWD, not even business interest, emphasizing that he is not the one who is using the MCWD building for political reasons.Ong was referring to the event of the Kilusang Bagong Pilipinas Cebu City Chapter held at the MCWD Social Hall last March 16.In a press conference at the PDG Law Office in the North Reclamation Area last Wednesday, Daluz explained that the group was affiliated with the Office of the Vice President, so he could not refuse their request.Daluz said it is their corporate responsibility to cater to the requests of other government agencies, and that as MCWD chairman he was also invited to attend the event.He said the event was approved two weeks before the March 15 notice of intervention, emphasizing that they could not just cancel the event due to the turn of events.Political pressure Salonga denied that there was political pressure behind LWUA’s action, despite the issue stemming from the conflict between Mayor Rama and Daluz.Salonga said they are trying to be apolitical in their intervention.If the MCWD board will not abide by LWUA’s partial intervention, Salonga said they will resort to the due process of law. He did not specify what this meant.However, Daluz said Wednesday that he believed that the Rama administration had a hand in the matter.“If we say that Mike Rama had a hand in this, I’ve been hearing that for a long time. That has already happened. That’s already been proven that he has already a hand in this,” Daluz said in a mix of Cebuano and English.Daluz also said Cebu City Police Office Director Ireneo Dalogdog would not have acted without the directive of the mayor. On Wednesday, there were at least 10 police personnel deployed outside the MCWD building.Ong and Salonga said they requested police assistance to ensure the safety of the interim board.Asked if they sought police assistance because the interim board had already been harassed, Salonga said no.When Ong and Salonga, along with LWUA’s interim board of directors, arrived at the MCWD building on Thursday, they were welcomed by Daluz, Donoso and MCWD secretary Seno.Meeting the governorAfter the press conference, the LWUA and MCWD officials went to the Provincial Capitol and met with Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.MCWD vice chairman Pato was present at the meeting with the governor but not at the press conference at MCWD.According to a video sent by MCWD spokesperson Minerva Gerodias, Garcia said it is good to come together to talk and come up with a win-win solution for the benefit of the Cebuanos.Ong said LWUA and MCWD had agreed to wait for the opinion of the OGCC, which serves as the corporate counsel for both entities. While awaiting the opinion, Ong said, MCWD had agreed to provide LWUA with the necessary documents.Last November, Garcia had recognized the LWUA’s position acknowledging Daluz, Pato and Seno as board members in the trio’s dispute with Mayor Rama, who had replaced them last Oct. 31 with Melquiades Feliciano, Aristotle Batuhan and Nelson Yuvallos.Last June, Daluz said Rama had been trying to remove him as chairman of the MCWD board since his board refused the mayor’s move to “privatize” MCWD, and after Daluz suggested that younger and fresh names of their party coalition run in the 2025 elections.Rama, a senior citizen and a seasoned politician, is seeking reelection in 2025. Best Roulette Website . It’s always a good idea to take your time and make sure you’ve found the best online casino in the Philippines on the online gambling market that can give you what you want.

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Sitios Tulo, Lupa and Malingin, including a nearby compound, are the areas closest to the ship-breaking operation and are most affected by it.Mayor Junard Chan took to Facebook to announce he had ordered the temporary halt of the ship-breaking operations of mv Diamond Highway on Jan. 31, 2024. The ship ran aground during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021, and then it caught fire in April 2023 as it was being broken apart amid a salvage operation.Chan said the process of breaking and demolishing the ship could have caused a significant emission of dust, and burnt materials of the ship, such as foams, could have contributed to the dust emissions.On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Chan issued a cease and desist order (CDO) banning the ship-breaking company from cutting any parts of mv Diamond Highway. Instead, the company was asked to clear the debris that may have caused the large volume of dust and shoulder the medication costs of those affected. The CDO came into effect on Thursday, Feb. 1.Chan said the resumption of the ship-breaking operation will depend on the findings of the Lapu-Lapu City Health Office (LLCHO), which is currently investigating the issue.No permit Punta Engaño residents started to file complaints on Jan. 28 over the alleged health and environmental hazards caused by the ship-breaking operation to the barangay committee on health, which then took action by seeking the help of the LLCHO, Department of Health and the Lapu-Lapu City Government.Barangay Councilor Mark Jonas Estardo, the committee’s assistant chairman, said residents also complained about black dust residue visible in their homes, particularly on their hung clothes. On Jan. 30, the Punta Engaño Barangay Council released a resolution stating that the barangay did not receive any letter or permit from the ship’s management regarding its ship-breaking operation. It was estimated that the operation began in May 2023, but the company did not secure any clearance from the barangay.SunStar Cebu reported last year, however, that the fire that struck the ship in late April 2023 could have been caused by the salvage operations being undertaken at the time by more than 20 workers.The resolution also noted that the company failed to present an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), a license or permit to operate, and a certificate of registration to the barangay.A separate investigation conducted by the City Health Office Surveillance Team (CHO-ST) on Jan. 28 found that the residue generated from cutting parts of the ship was not adequately managed, and there was evident residue accumulation within the vicinity of the ship. The company sought a permit for its ship-breaking operation from the Maritime Industry Authority.During the investigation, the CHO-ST discovered that containment measures observed during the cutting were insufficient, which heightened the risk of environmental pollution and compromised the safety of nearby residents. They also noted that the management did not strictly follow environmental protocols and guidelines for residue management during salvage operations.Children, livelihood affectedAccording to Estardo, children aged eight to 12 years old were among those affected. Around 105 of the 200 affected residents received medical attention from the LLCHO, while the others had gone to private hospitals and clinics. Estardo said officials from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), LLCHO and DENR are still conducting tests to determine the safety of fish swimming in waters near the ship. Most of the affected residents rely on fishing for a living.“Most of the affected residents are small-time fishermen who fish for consumption and then sell whatever is left to neighbors. The others are construction workers in hotels,” Estardo said in Cebuano.As for the safety of swimmers, the city’s Public Information Office said there are no resorts located near the ship-breaking area.Recommendation The CHO-ST initially recommended that the ongoing salvage operation be immediately stopped and for the shipping company to remove any residues that have accumulated within the facility.It also suggested that the shipping company establish suitable devices such as dust collectors or other equipment to contain residual or hazardous wastes generated during salvage operations due to the cutting of ship parts, fragments and debris.Meanwhile, to contain the dispersion of fumes, dust or powdery charcoal that may be produced as a by-product of the cutting or wrecking process, it is deemed necessary to install a wind barrier or an enclosure.To prevent the dispersion of accumulated residue into the environment, the CHO-ST suggested covering the area with tarpaulins or linoleum. Alternatively, the stored residue could be saturated frequently with water, which would allow the powder particles to remain on ground level.Lastly, the investigating body ordered the shipping company to submit a plan or standard operating procedure for the ship-breaking to the Philippine Coast Guard, Marina, Cenro, Punta Engaño officials and the DENR.Meanwhile, the LLCHO advised residents to observe proper sanitation and cleanliness of their surroundings, including proper waste segregation. Barangay officials were also tasked to provide adequate water for affected residents and to coordinate with the City Government.The office also demanded that the management of mv Diamond Highway provide medical and financial assistance to the affected residents. 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Sitios Tulo, Lupa and Malingin, including a nearby compound, are the areas closest to the ship-breaking operation and are most affected by it.Mayor Junard Chan took to Facebook to announce he had ordered the temporary halt of the ship-breaking operations of mv Diamond Highway on Jan. 31, 2024. The ship ran aground during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021, and then it caught fire in April 2023 as it was being broken apart amid a salvage operation.Chan said the process of breaking and demolishing the ship could have caused a significant emission of dust, and burnt materials of the ship, such as foams, could have contributed to the dust emissions.On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Chan issued a cease and desist order (CDO) banning the ship-breaking company from cutting any parts of mv Diamond Highway. Instead, the company was asked to clear the debris that may have caused the large volume of dust and shoulder the medication costs of those affected. The CDO came into effect on Thursday, Feb. 1.Chan said the resumption of the ship-breaking operation will depend on the findings of the Lapu-Lapu City Health Office (LLCHO), which is currently investigating the issue.No permit Punta Engaño residents started to file complaints on Jan. 28 over the alleged health and environmental hazards caused by the ship-breaking operation to the barangay committee on health, which then took action by seeking the help of the LLCHO, Department of Health and the Lapu-Lapu City Government.Barangay Councilor Mark Jonas Estardo, the committee’s assistant chairman, said residents also complained about black dust residue visible in their homes, particularly on their hung clothes. On Jan. 30, the Punta Engaño Barangay Council released a resolution stating that the barangay did not receive any letter or permit from the ship’s management regarding its ship-breaking operation. It was estimated that the operation began in May 2023, but the company did not secure any clearance from the barangay.SunStar Cebu reported last year, however, that the fire that struck the ship in late April 2023 could have been caused by the salvage operations being undertaken at the time by more than 20 workers.The resolution also noted that the company failed to present an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), a license or permit to operate, and a certificate of registration to the barangay.A separate investigation conducted by the City Health Office Surveillance Team (CHO-ST) on Jan. 28 found that the residue generated from cutting parts of the ship was not adequately managed, and there was evident residue accumulation within the vicinity of the ship. The company sought a permit for its ship-breaking operation from the Maritime Industry Authority.During the investigation, the CHO-ST discovered that containment measures observed during the cutting were insufficient, which heightened the risk of environmental pollution and compromised the safety of nearby residents. They also noted that the management did not strictly follow environmental protocols and guidelines for residue management during salvage operations.Children, livelihood affectedAccording to Estardo, children aged eight to 12 years old were among those affected. Around 105 of the 200 affected residents received medical attention from the LLCHO, while the others had gone to private hospitals and clinics. Estardo said officials from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), LLCHO and DENR are still conducting tests to determine the safety of fish swimming in waters near the ship. Most of the affected residents rely on fishing for a living.“Most of the affected residents are small-time fishermen who fish for consumption and then sell whatever is left to neighbors. The others are construction workers in hotels,” Estardo said in Cebuano.As for the safety of swimmers, the city’s Public Information Office said there are no resorts located near the ship-breaking area.Recommendation The CHO-ST initially recommended that the ongoing salvage operation be immediately stopped and for the shipping company to remove any residues that have accumulated within the facility.It also suggested that the shipping company establish suitable devices such as dust collectors or other equipment to contain residual or hazardous wastes generated during salvage operations due to the cutting of ship parts, fragments and debris.Meanwhile, to contain the dispersion of fumes, dust or powdery charcoal that may be produced as a by-product of the cutting or wrecking process, it is deemed necessary to install a wind barrier or an enclosure.To prevent the dispersion of accumulated residue into the environment, the CHO-ST suggested covering the area with tarpaulins or linoleum. 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