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.