This Week in Cebu (May 21 to 27, 2018)

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By: Peter Parcon | May 21, 2018
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Mactan airport international flights

Ban on high-rise buildings in Cebu lifted

Metro Cebu has been experiencing cloudy weather, but the sun did make an appearance from time to time. This unpredictable weather has caused some delays in the completion of road repairs at Ouano Avenue, which worsened the traffic situation in Metro Cebu. To deal with this, local officials are eyeing the implementation of a synchronized traffic management system within the year. This is good news as more tourists are expected to visit Cebu due to PAL’s plan of operating international flights to and from the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

Weather: Overcast skies dominate the Cebu skyline for the week

Even as the summer sun bears down on the city for much of the day, a thunderstorm or two will dominate the evenings. Overcast skies will greet the week, with a stray thunderstorm in the morning and early evening. The gloomy weather will start to disappear in the middle of the week as the sun will finally show its face in the Queen City of the South. But the summer weather seems to be short-lived as thunderstorms are expected to rain on everyone’s parade. Despite the dreary weather, temperatures remain high as they range from 32 0C up to 34 0C.

Traffic News

Synchronized traffic management system eyed for Metro Cebu

As the traffic situation in Cebu takes a turn for the worse, policymakers are planning to implement a synchronized traffic management system before the end of the year. A Provincial Traffic Code ordinance will be passed to implement this traffic management system. In addition, an Inter-Agency Council for Traffic Operation and Management or I-ACT Cebu ordinance will regulate cultural and religious activities along major highways. The council will also reinforce existing traffic laws and train traffic officers. The Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) will find ways to implement the system even without the participation of Cebu City.

Ouano Avenue repairs enter phase 2

The repairs on Ouano Avenue in the North Reclamation Area (NRA) entered phase 2 recently. Contractors are already working on four lanes of the road. Delays in the project were caused by the unpredictable weather in Cebu. With the repairs on Ouano Avenue, only light vehicles are allowed to pass through the area. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is expecting the whole project to be completed by March 3, 2019

Travel Updates

PAL plans Mactan airport international flights

As the Terminal 2 of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) nears completion, Philippine Airlines (PAL) is already planning international flights to and from one of the major hubs in the country. The country’s flag carrier is eyeing at least seven international flights to different Asian cities, including Bangkok, Beijing, Osaka, and Seoul. The new terminal features seven state-of-the-art passenger boarding bridges that can be expanded to 12. Domestic flights will continue to operate out of Terminal 1 of the airport.

Larsian to be renovated

Larsian, a barbecue food strip which has become one of the most iconic places in Cebu, is set to be renovated in June or July this year. It has become one of the landmarks of the city and is frequented by both locals and visitors alike. The rehabilitation will focus on expanding the stalls and building a parking space for customers. It will also deal with the sanitation problem that has hounded the place for some time already. Training and seminars will also be provided to tenants, stall owners, and workers of Larsian.

Laws and Ordinances: Ban on high-rise buildings lifted

Following the Metro Ayala fire earlier this year, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña ordered a freeze on the construction of high-rise buildings in the city. This ban has been lifted. With the lifting of the ban, developers can now process permits for their medium to high-rise buildings.
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About Peter Parcon
After leaving spending 16 years of his professional life in the academe, Peter decided to try his luck in the world of online freelancing. For the past eight years, he has been creating content for clients all around the world. He can work on just about any topic - from tattoos to technology and food to finance. He dreams of visiting every island in the archipelago some day.
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