Cubos retained as CBM chairperson for 2021

Entrepreneur Michael Cubos has been retained by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) as chairman of the Cebu Business Month (CBM) for 2021. Cubos is the founder of homegrown Performance360 Call Center and BPO Services. He was named CBM 2020 Chairperson, succeeding entrepreneur Lilu Aliño, during the CBM 2019 Thanksgiving party at SM…

MPTC to light up crosses towering over Cebu, marking Christianity’s 500th year in the country

Cebu’s iconic CCLEX will light up its eight 40-meter high crosses by April 2021 in time for the country’s epic celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. The ecumenical crosses are installed on all four sides of the two main pylons or towers of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway, rising a hundred meters over…

CebuDoc Group frontliners receive Sinovac vaccine

CebuDoc Group has started its vaccination program against COVID-19 on its healthcare workers Tuesday, March 9, 2021, with a Ceremonial Vaccination held at CebuDoc Group Vaccination Center located at the Medical Arts Building 1, Parking Area. Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, President and Chairman of the Board, receives the first dose of CoronaVac (Sinovac) vaccine…

Sec. Mike Dino tests positive for COVID; DOH says rising cases in Cebu City still under control

Secretary Michael Dino has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation, the official Facebook page of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas announced late last night. I am urging those who have come in close contact with me recently to have themselves tested for probable infection with COVID-19. I was…

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Researchers warn over COVID spike in Cebu City, urge officials to study stricter enforcement of quarantine protocols

The recent increase in cases of COVID-19 in Cebu is still manageable but may worsen if unchecked, OCTA Research said in a report released Tuesday. In high-risk LGUs such as Cebu City, we urge the [LGUs] concerned to consider the stricter implementation of their current community quarantines while continuing to intensify their efforts at testing,…

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NBI charges Philhealth 7, Chong Hua Hospital officials over anomalous COVID-19 claim

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 filed on Monday criminal charges against 8 officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) Central Visayas and 3 employees of Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City over an alleged anomalous COVID-19 benefits claim. NBI 7 Director Rennan Augustus Oliva said the charges were related to a claim…

All’s well that ends well: Rama on Labella; No Labella-Rama for mayor-vice mayor in 2022

All is well between Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and Vice Mayor Michael Rama, the latter told The Freeman in an interview aired via Facebook Live. “For me friendship-wise, partymate-wise, between the two of us, the mayor and myself, all’s well that ends well,” Rama said in the interview aired last night. But in the…

Rama asks Labella: Tell people true state of your health, Cebu City needs “visible and active leader”

Vice Mayor Michael Rama yesterday asked Mayor Edgar Labella to finally put to rest rumors spreading about his true state of health by telling people about his condition. Labella has not been reporting to City Hall, saying his doctor asked him to work from home to stay away from crowds as he recovers from an…

Megawide presents plans for modern Carbon public market, district

Construction and engineering company Megawide is undertaking the transformation of the Carbon Public Market and surrounding areas into a first world complex under a Public-Private Partnership with Cebu City. Work on the P5.5 billion project will be done by phases and the market would remain open throughout the development period, Megawide Managing Director for Transport…

Google data show Metro Cebu residents slowly returning to work, going to beaches, parks

Metro Cebu residents continue to slowly return to their workplaces. They have also been heading to beaches, parks, and plazas, according to mobility data tracked by Google. But overall, data Google gathered from Metro Cebu phone users of Google Maps showed that visits to places outside the home were still way below the baseline in…

CCLEX more than halfway through; stay cable installation starts

Builders of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) have turned another corner in the construction of the P30-billion toll bridge, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The project’s progress stands at 61 percent. Set to be a new landmark in the country, CCLEX will connect mainland Cebu from Cebu City to the Municipality of Cordova in Mactan…

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Cebu business leaders ask government: revert Cebu City to GCQ

Business leader in Cebu released today a manifesto supporting the call by Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella for the city to revert to General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The leaders of various business groups said the decision to place Cebu City under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was based on flawed data. It was also done “without…

Extend enhanced quarantine in Cebu City to prevent resurgence of cases: UP researchers

As Metro Cebu prepares to reopen for business by June 1, a group of researchers based at the University of the Philippines recommended that the enhanced quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City be extended to prevent a resurgence of cases. The COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is expected to decide this week whether to extend the…

Location data show how Pinoys stayed home, avoided public places during ECQ

Visits to public places such as groceries, pharmacies, retail outlets, transit areas, and workplaces plunged as a community quarantine was put in place in the Philippines in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, phone location data show. Stays at home dramatically increased in the same time period, according to information made available by…

Confirmed COVID-19 positive cases: an interactive map

More cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected in areas throughout the country. Cebu City is among the areas with an increasing number of confirmed cases. These infections are clustered in the city jail and communities like Barrio Luz, Barangay Suba, and Mambaling. Below is an interactive map of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cebu. It…

Calls to boycott Carcar lechon spread online

A recent report of how lechon vendors in Carcar City’s public market intimidated a customer into buying lechon spurred sharing online of horrible experiences with the vendors, with many calling for a boycott. Many of those who shared their experiences, via comments and status updates on Facebook, centered on three main complaints:

Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway project completes piling works for main bridge pylons

Progress on the construction of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) will be more visible now, particularly for those passing by the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) viaduct, after the completion of all the bored piles for the project’s main bridge pylons. The concrete pours for the pile caps of the two towers between Mactan…

VECO reminds public: No posters on poles please

PROHIBITED. Members of VECO’s Revenue Protection Department take out announcements and posters that are posted on VECO poles in Barangay Kasambagan. Comelec rules prohibit the posting of campaign materials on electric posts.

As the campaign for the upcoming May elections heats up, the Visayan Electric Company, Inc. (VECO) is reminding the public, candidates, and their supporters not to post campaign materials on its electric poles. The Commission on Elections released last January Resolution No. 10488, reiterating provisions of Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act, which…

MCIA to build Airport Village ‘to improve travel experience’

PEDESTRIAN ZONE. The old MCIA arrivals road will be permanently closed and designated a pedestrian zone as part of the Airport Village.

It takes a village to welcome home or send off a Filipino traveler and authorities at the Mactan Cebu International Airport want to create the space and ambience for that by building an Airport Village. “We all know in the Philippines one person arrives, half the barangay comes to meet them. So we are creating…

Cebu-Cordova bridge done by 2021; CCLEC signs P19B loan agreement

LOAN FACILITY. Representatives pose with the finance documents after the signing of the P19 billion loan agreement.

The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is on track to be finished by mid-2021 and will transform the economy and social landscape of Cebu, according to officials of the company undertaking the project. The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) signed on February 7 a P19-billion loan and security agreement with 6 banks: Rizal Commercial Banking…