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This Week in Cebu (December 29, 2018 to January 4, 2019)

Spending the New Year in Cebu? Make sure to be updated on the latest travel news for your trip!

By: Peter Parcon | December 30, 2018
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Authorities start apprehending Angkas drivers in Cebu

Image: Angkas Cebu

The chilly December weather is made colder as rain showers and thunderstorms dominate the skyline of Cebu. Even as the weather will worsen the traffic situation in Cebu, commuters will themselves in a bind as the LTO and LTFRB have started cracking down on Angkas drivers in the city. Despite this bit of bad news, Cebuanos can look forward to a more modern Terminal 1 as the first phase of the renovation will start in January. These are just some of the developments in Cebu as the Queen City of the South ends the year with a bang.

Weather: Rainy weather greets the New Year

While preparing to start the New Year with a bang, it may be advisable to keep your rain gear within arm’s reach. The week leading up to January 1st in Cebu will be wet as the chance of precipitation goes up as high as 75 percent. Saturday will see a thunderstorm or two in the morning. The same weather will continue until the end of the year. While a brief respite is expected on the New Year as the sun may peek from behind the clouds at the start of the day, rain showers are expected to return on the second day of the year. Temperatures will be between 23 °C and 31 °C [1].

Traffic News: LTO 7, LTFRB 7 start Angkas apprehensions

Cebuanos will have to face the fact that their daily commute to and from work or school will become more challenging. The Supreme Court recently issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a ruling by a Mandaluyong court that stopped the apprehension of Angkas drivers. Due to this, the Land Transportation Office – Region 7 (LTO 7) and the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board – Region (LTFRB 7) started apprehending Angkas drivers and motorcycle-for-hire drivers in Cebu. Aside from the riding public, the decision will affect 5,000 Angkas drivers, many of whom depend on the ride-hailing app as their main source of livelihood.

Travel Update

Port security tightened against illegal drugs

Tighter security is expected to be implemented in the ports as authorities are working on preventing the entry of illegal drugs in Cebu. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7) and Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) will discuss the prevention of the entry of illegal substances with private cargo forwarders, port authorities, and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) early next year. Law enforcers will coordinate with port managers to monitor suspicious cargo arriving at the ports of Cebu. Even as authorities will tighten security in the ports, they will also enhance the education drive against the negative effects of illegal drugs.

MCIA Terminal 1 renovation to start in January

The renovation of Terminal 1 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is expected to start in January 2019. To ensure that the services of the terminal will not be affected, the renovation will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will be implemented from January to June 2019, while the second phase will be implemented from July to December 2019. After the renovation is complete, Terminal 1 will increase its capacity from eight million to 11 million passengers every year. One anticipated main feature of Terminal 1 after the renovation is the Airport Village. The Airport Village merges the arrival and departure areas, which will allow local and foreign passengers to mingle with each other.

Casa Gorordo Museum to set up 200-character Belen

In the spirit of Christmas, the Casa Gorordo Museum has set up a Belen or nativity tableau made up of around 200 characters. Twelve famous Nativity scenes are depicted in the exhibit. Dr. Clodoveo Nacorda, a renowned iconographer, said the Belen reflects devotion rather than a decoration. The Belen will feature the major characters of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as well as the three wise men and farm animals. In addition, it will also feature a scene showing an angel announcing the birth of a King to the three wise men and the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. The exhibit is open to the public from December 15 up to January 21.

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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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