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Metro Newsbits for January 8,2014

NAZARENE FEAST

State-run Light Rail Transit line 1 will deploy more trains, ticket tellers, security guards and technical as well as medical personnel to assist the devotees who will ride the mass transit facility on the feast day of the Black Nazarene tomorrow. LRT Authority spokesperson Atty. Hernando Cabrera said they are beefing up their security measures and operations with the expected increase in ridership of LRT 1 every January 9. “Our usual preparation includes making sure that there will be no train breakdown and deploying more tellers, security guards, technicians and medical personnel,” he said. participants in the annual procession of the image of the Black Nazarene usually ride the LRT 1 and alight at Carriedo Station to get to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene at the Quaipo district in Manila. (Kris Bayos)

TECH INVESTMENT

The Makati City government called on local government units in the country to invest in technology and infrastructure that would ensure continuous water supply safe for drinking even in times of disasters. Recently, the city government of Makati hosted a three-day training course on Water and Sanitation in Climate Sensitive Cities, sponsored by CityNet and the Seoul Metropolitan Government of South Korea. CityNet is an Asia-Pacific regional network of local authorities committed to helping local governments solve challenges commonly faced by cities in working towards a livable, sustainable and healthy environment. (Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren)

HEALTHIER YEAR

It’s a healthier new year for Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada who has vowed to slowly cut down and eliminate his smoking habit and live a healthier lifestyle. In an interview, the former President proudly related he is seeking to make himself fit this year by eliminating cigarettes from his routine. “This is just my second stick since January 1,” he said. Estrada stressed he is attempting to eliminate the habit slowly so he could become ‘healthier.’ According to doctors, a single cigarette stick contains 7,000 chemicals and 70 cancer-causing ingredients. Smoking is known to be a leading cause of lung cancer. (Jenny Manongdo)

HIGHER WAGE

Workers in Metro Manila will start the year with a higher take home pay with the reintegration of their P15 cost-of-living allowance to their minimum wage, the Department of Labor and Employment said. In a statement, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the reintegration, which took effect last week, is part of the previous wage order issued by the regional wage board at the National Capital Region. “Wage Order NCR-No.18 provides for a P10 additional pay effective 1 October 2013, and the integration to the basic pay of the P15 of the existing P30 COLA provided under Wage Order NCR-No. 17, which took effect on 1 January 2014,” Baldoz explained. (Samuel Medenilla)

TRAFFIC SYSTEM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will unveil on Wednesday its new cutting edge traffic signalization system that hopes to improve traffic condition, pedestrian and commuter safety in the metropolis. President Benigno Aquino III and MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino are expected to lead the traffic signalization project in the newly-built building of the MMDA’s Metrobase, situated along Edsa on Wednesday afternoon. (Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren)