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Cebu property sector eyes new strategies

CEBU’S real estate sector is looking to adopt new strategies to cope with the “new normal” amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Cebu’s ESL service sector feels coronavirus pinch

ENGLISH AS Second Language (ESL) service providers in Cebu are feeling the pinch of the coronavirus spread as its major markets for students have stopped coming.

Cebu’s Oakridge Business Park developer ventures into warehousing

OAKRIDGE REALTY Development Corp. (ORDC), developer of the Oakridge Business Park in Mandaue City, has launched a warehousing brand to meet the growing demand for storage facilities in Cebu.

1st self-storage facility opens in Cebu

THE FIRST self-storage facility in Cebu province, located along Sacris Road in Mandaue City, was recently opened with more than 1,000 units for rent.

Cebu governor wants monorail plan expanded to Metro Cebu

CEBU GOVERNOR Gwendolyn F. Garcia expressed support for the national government’s plan to pursue a monorail project in Cebu City, but is hoping that the transport project would be expanded to neighboring areas within the Metro Cebu district.

Cebu’s ‘Suroy-Suroy’ tourism program highlights northern towns

THIS year’s first leg of the Suroy-Suroy Sugbo tourism program, intended to promote towns outside the Metro Cebu area, kicked off this week with the northern area getting the spotlight.

One-stop-shop proposed for ‘Creative City’ Cebu designs

TO CAPITALIZE on Cebu’s position as a UNESCO Creative City for design, a one-stop-shop showcasing products of local designers is being eyed.

Cebu gov’t resorts to JO offer for provincial hospital doctors

WITH NO applicants through an outsourcing company, the Cebu provincial government is now trying to hire medical doctors for its 16 hospitals on a job order (JO) basis.

Cebu’s business sector flags water supply as ‘biggest challenge’

THERE MAY be no stopping Cebu from growing economically, but business leaders said government officials must address the problem of water supply, which they consider as a “red flag.

Cebu provincial gov’t awards more road projects

THE CEBU provincial government has awarded more road concreting projects to different contractors amounting to P178.2 million.

Cebu prepares to meet with WTE potential bidders

THE CEBU provincial government is meeting next month with companies that have expressed interest in the planned waste-to-energy (WTE) project.

Cebu, Bohol provinces tighten watch on entry of raw and processed...

THE GOVERNORS of neighboring provinces Bohol and Cebu have issued directives to tighten watch on the entry of pork meat and processed pork products while the Department of Agriculture (DA) is determining the cause of unusual swine mortality in backyard farms in Luzon.

Cebu gov’t to file cases vs former Mayor Osmeña for stripping...

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the local government of Cebu City will file cases against former mayor Tomas R. Osmeña for stripping bare his office as his term ended last week.

Cebu tourism sector eye sea transport development to avoid congested roads

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism-Central Visayas (DOT-7) is now in talks with the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) for the development of an intra-province sea transportation access to serve as an alternative to land travel.

Dino assures Cebu officials planned inter-modal transport system ‘will really happen’

THE CONTROVERSIAL and long-planned light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) systems will definitely be implemented in Cebu under the Integrated Inter-Modal Transport System (IITS), according to Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd L. Dino. In a dialogue last week with the incoming local government officials of Cebu City and province, Mr. Dino disclosed that the LRT, for example, already has an unsolicited proposal that was granted original proponent status.

Cebu BPO sector records 19% hiring growth in Jan-May

THE BUSINESS process outsourcing (BPO) industry in Cebu registered a 19% hiring growth from January to May this year, according to Cebu jobs site mynimo.com.

Cebu bus terminal management asks LGUs to deploy gov’t buses to...

THE CEBU South Bus Terminal (CSBT) management, which is under the Cebu provincial government, is expecting up to 40,000 passengers this weekend who will travel to vote for the May 13 midterm elections.

Cebu court junks petition vs Gokongwei-led UHRI’s P18-B Kawit project

THE CEBU City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has dismissed the petition filed by eight councilors against the P18-billion Kawit development project of Gokongwei-led Universal Hotels and Resorts Inc. (UHRI).

Sister provinces Cebu and Fujian eye mushroom production project

CEBU AND its sister province Fujian in China are looking at the introduction of a mushroom-farming technology to local producers as a new area of cooperation.

Can Cebu become the country’s 1st single-use plastic-free city? Public hearing...

THE CEBU City Council is set to hold a public hearing on April 30 for a proposed law that will ban the use of a wide range of single-use plastic products.

Seaweed farmers in Cebu ready to deal with dry spell

SEAWEED FARMERS in Cebu are prepared to deal with the prevailing dry spell given past experience with extreme weather conditions, according to Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP) Chairman Maximo A. Ricohermoso.

Cebu provincial government rolls out El Niño response plan

AN INITIAL P20 to P25 million budget has been allocated by the Cebu provincial government for intervention projects to assist farmers, fisherfolk, and other communities affected by the prevailing El Niño phenomenon.

Cebu CENRO needs 500 volunteers for tree-planting program to compensate affected...

A GREENING program intended to compensate for the 2,182 trees that will be earth-balled to pave the way for the Bus Rapid Transit project in Cebu City will be in full swing next month and at least 500 volunteers are needed.

Bus fare hike in Central Visayas takes effect April 1

THE MINIMUM fare for buses and mini buses in Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas will be P9 starting April 1 this year, according to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Regional Director Eduardo C. Montealto, Jr.

IBP-Cebu offers legal help to family of teen rape-murder victim

THE CEBU chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has offered legal assistance to the family of the 16-year-old girl who was brutally killed and believed to have been raped in Lapu-Lapu City.

Cebu provincial gov’t approves risk management plan for El Niño

THE CEBU Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has approved the plan for mitigating the impact of the prolonged dry season due to El Niño.

Cebu water supply dwindles due to weak El Niño

THE METROPOLITAN Cebu Water District (MCWD) has appealed to consumers to conserve water as supply continues to dwindle with the onslaught of the weak el niño phenomenon.

Cebu starting to attract tourists from Turkey, Israel

CEBU IS starting to gain interest from the Middle East tourist market, particularly from Turkey and Israel.

3-ha Cebu SRP lot up for auction; Jan. 23 set for...

THE three-hectare lot at the South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu has been opened for public bidding by the city government.

Cebu’s P1.3-B Capitol Resource Center project hits snag

THE planned 20-storey Capitol Resource Center project of the Cebu provincial government has hit a snag after a board resolution authorizing Gov. Hilario P. Davide III to enter into a contract with the winning contractor failed to get majority approval.

Bo’s Coffee returns home to Cebu for 1st Tribute Store

TWENTY-THREE years after it pioneered the coffee shop culture in Cebu, Bo’s Coffee opens its first “Tribute Store” in its home-ground on Friday, Dec. 7.

MCIAA, Cebu gov’t formalize partnership for Bantayan Airport development; repairs to...

THE Cebu provincial government and the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the improvement of the Bantayan Airport, which has been closed since mid-Nov. 2017.

Cebu farmers get P8-M farm input, machineries during 11th farmer-scientists congress

OVER P8 million worth of equipment, fertilizer, seeds and other materials were distributed to farmers during last week’s 11th Farmer-Scientists Congress organized by the Cebu provincial government under its Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP).

Cebu provincial gov’t completes 49 trash facilities for localities; P40M set...

THE PROVINCIAL government of Cebu has so far completed and turned over 49 material recovery and composting facilities (MRCF) to various localities, including towns and barangays under its jurisdiction.

DoTr meets tech experts on Cebu intermodal transport system

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) recently met with technical consultants to discuss the proposed Integrated and Intermodal Transport System for Metro Cebu and find determine catch-up implementation programs for the long-standing project.

Regulated whale shark-watching policy put on hold

THE implementation of the new rules and regulations for whale shark-watching in Oslob, Cebu has been put on hold after local tourism workers and operators complained that the policy favors city-based tour guides.

Cebu’s 10-year provincial waste management plan gets NSWMC nod

THE NATIONAL Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) has recently approved the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Plan of the Cebu provincial government, which would be in effect until 2027.

Cebu town port project fails to get DENR clearance

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has returned the area clearance application for the reclamation component of a proposed international seaport in San Fernando town in Cebu.

Cebu’s Rico’s Lechon opens its biggest branch in Pasig’s Tiendesitas

IT TOOK a while for a franchiser’s ambition to bring Rico’s Lechon, the popular lechon (roast pig) brand of Cebu to Manila.

Cebu’s Larsian food trip back to full operations on Nov. 16

THE POPULAR Larsian food trip in Cebu City, which was closed for three months for rehabilitation, is fully reopening on Friday, Nov. 16, with stricter policies on food handling and customer service, the Cebu provincial government announced.

300T passengers expected to flock Cebu bus terminal during Nov. 1...

MORE THAN 300,000 passengers are expected to flock to the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) next week for the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on Nov. 1 and 2.

More communities could be relocated after Naga landslides — Cimatu

MORE COMMUNITIES in Naga City, Cebu are seen to be at risk of natural hazards and could be required to permanently relocate, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said on Monday during a dialogue with the victims of the Sept. 20 landslides in Barangay Tina-an.

Cebu farmers flag lack of rain

CEBU FARMERS have expressed concerns over the effects of less rainfall and the erratic weather conditions recently. Lilia Yanong, spokesperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in Cebu, said farmers are complaining of lack of rain since it disrupts the planting seasons, especially for corn.

Retrieval ops for Naga landslide victims closed; focus now on rehabilitation,...

AUTHORITIES HAVE terminated the retrieval operations in Naga City, Cebu, where massive landslides killed at least 78 people on Sep. 20,.

Cebu PENRO says quarry suspension to stay until companies’ operations proven...

THE SUSPENSION order issued by the Cebu governor last week on all quarry operations with permits under the provincial government will stay until companies are proven in an evaluation “that their operations are safe,” according to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) head Jayson P. Lozano.