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…

Mactan-Cebu International Airport named Asia-Pacific Medium Airport of the Year

Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was awarded the Asia-Pacific Medium Airport of the Year in the CAPA 2018 Asia Aviation Awards for Excellence. MCIA emerged top among airports with over 10 million annual passengers. It was awarded for having been “the biggest standout strategically,” having “established itself as a strategic leader,” and having “done the…

Don’t cancel BRT but pursue LRT: Cebu chamber; group warns: Cebu in a crisis

A proposed BRT station.

The economic benefits of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system are clear and canceling it is “not the right thing to do,” the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) said in a statement today. What government can do is to make road widening an integral component of the project, CCCI said. The organization issued…

Mega Cebu conducts training on traffic management

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT. Dr. Hilario Sean O. Palmiano, one of the lecturers from UP NCTS, talks about Traffic Engineering and Management during the Metro Cebu Traffic Administration Certificate Course Training on April 2 at the Golden Prince Hotel & Suites.

Mega Cebu, in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau 7 (DENR-EMB 7) started the Metro Cebu Traffic Administration Certificate Course Training on Monday, April 2, at the Golden Prince Hotel & Suites. The training was conducted with the assistance of the University of…

Cebu Link Joint Venture issued Notice of Award for Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway

CCLEX will have two lanes in each direction and will feature the main navigation span bridge, along with viaduct approach bridges, a causeway, roadway and toll facilities.

The Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV) has been issued the Notice of Award for the “Design and Build” contract of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), the much-anticipated bridge project that will connect Cebu City to the Municipality of Cordova in the island of Mactan. CLJV is a joint venture of Spain-based Acciona Construccion S.…

DOE raids illegal LPG refilling station in Mandaue City

Authorities seized 16,000 canisters refilled with LPG worth P2.7 million in a raid on a liquified petroleum gas refilling station in Mandaue City. The raid last Friday night was led by the Department of Energy-Visayas Field Office (DOE-VFO) with members of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). Douglas Labra, who was identified as…

New majority seen in Cebu City Council with resignation of Abella

NEW MAJORITY. Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia (left) with partymate Joel Garganera at the City Hall. Barug Team Rama is expected to regain council majority after Councilor Hanz Abella resigns to assume as a commissioner of the National Labor Relations Commission. (Photo from Councilor Garcia’s FB page)

There will be a new majority again at the Cebu City Council after the appointment by President Duterte of Councilor Hanz Abella as a commissioner with the National Labor Relations Commission, according to members of the opposition Barug Team Rama. Under the law, Barug Team Rama will nominate his replacement since Abella ran with the…

4-day work week? House approves measure to let companies offer option

The House of Representatives has approved on 3rd and final reading a bill that would allow companies to designate for employees a 4-day work week. House Bill 6152 will amend the Labor Code to allow companies to increase the workday from 8 hours to 10 or 12 hours. It will then allow companies to shorten…

Tutelage Learning Center brings progressive education to south Cebu

PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION. Officials of the Tutelage Learning Center talk about their school in a press conference. TLC will start classes on August 1, 2017 in a second and bigger branch in Pakigne, Minglanilla.

With its small class sizes, individualized program for regular and special education students, child-centered curriculum, Tutelage Learning Center is every parent’s dream school. What’s even better for preschool and elementary kids, Tutelage Learning Center (TLC) will start classes on August 1, 2017 in a second and bigger branch in Pakigne, Minglanilla. Ava Kristine Rosello, vice…

Global Cebu FC fails to break Davao Aguilas defense, settles for draw

Global Cebu FC wasted a golden chance to go on top after settling to a scoreless draw against a gritty Davao Aguilas at the Cebu City Sports Center in the Philippines Football League. Global Cebu remains at second place with 21 points, two off leaders Meralco Manila, which saw its unbeaten streak ending in embarrassing…

Globe sets up 41 libreng tawag and charging stations in Leyte, Samar, and Bohol

Newly-activated libreng tawag and libreng charging station in Kananga, Leyte

Globe Telecom has put up 41 Libreng Tawag and Charging stations across the provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Bohol to assist victims of the recent earthquake with their communication needs. Due to the damage sustained by electric power stations, there is still no electricity in the areas, leaving residents with limited means to charge their…

Smart provides more free charging services in quake-affected areas

Residents charge their mobile devices at a Libreng Charging station at the Smart cell site in Barangay Linao, Ormoc.

With the extended power outage in the earthquake-affected provinces of Eastern Visayas, PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications is expanding its Libreng Charging efforts to allow more subscribers to stay connected. Smart has extended communications assistance to residents and disaster response units following the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that recently hit Jaro, Leyte, and affected nearby cities,…

Cebu Landmasters CEO named Entrepreneur of the Year

Jose Soberano III speaks during his awarding as the Entrepreneur of the Year during the 2017 Grand Chamber Awards.

Jose Soberano III, who steered his homegrown business Cebu Landmasters, Inc. to an initial public offering (IPO) earlier this year, was picked Entrepreneur of the Year during the 2017 Grand Chamber Awards. Soberano received the award from the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) during the Grand Chamber Awards and Fellowship Night last June…

Gisela and Niño Boniel: union ‘made in heaven’ falls apart; Joseph Gaisano dies at 76: Cebu News Digest June 10, 2017

When Captain Gisela Bendong and Niño Rey Boniel married, many thought it was a match made in heaven. Captain Gisela was making her mark as the first female pilot of AirAsia while Niño was credited with improving his town’s classification from 5th class to 4th class as one of the youngest mayors in Bohol. In…

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Bohol PB member faces parricide case: Cebu News Digest June 9, 2017

The reported killing of commercial pilot and Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Boniel is front page story in all 3 English dailies in Cebu today.

Bohol Provincial Board Member Niño Rey Boniel will be charged with parricide for the kidnapping and killing of his wife, Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel, police said. Police investigators said Boniel kidnapped and shot his wife, a commercial airline pilot, and threw her body into the sea. Sun.Star Cebu reported that the parricide case will…

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Cebu business group launches CBM 2017

CEBU BUSINESS MONTH. Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Melanie Ng (4th from left) and Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale (6th from left) flank CCCI brand ambassador Kenneth Cobonpue as they lead CCCI officials during the opening of the annual Cebu Business Month.

As a campaign to help bring businesses to the next level, Cebu Business Month (CBM) 2017 has lined up a host of activities that seeks to equip companies with the tools they need for growth. Melanie Ng, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) president, said during the CBM 2017 Grand Opening Salvo last Friday…

University of San Carlos tops 2016 Bar Exams; 4 USC students in top 10

University of San Carlos

Karen Mae Calam of the University of San Carlos topped this year’s Bar Examinations. Three others from USC also made it to the top 10 in a year dominated by law schools outside Manila. Completing the top 10 finishers of USC are Fiona Cristy Lao in 3rd place, Anne Margaret Momongan in 7th place, and…

US embassy warns Americans of terrorist threat in Cebu, Bohol

TRAVEL ADVISORY. The US Embassy has issued a travel advisory on travel to Cebu and Bohol, which are among the country’s top tourism destinations.

Terrorist groups may attempt kidnapping in Central Visayas, which includes Cebu and Bohol, according to “unsubstantiated yet credible information,” the US Embassy in the Philippines said in a travel advisory posted on its website. “US citizens are advised to carefully consider this information as you make your travel plans, and to review personal security plans,…