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This Week in Cebu (April 21 to 27, 2019)

Cebu has quite the few weeks ahead because of these travel developments. Read on to find out more!

By: Peter Parcon | April 21, 2019

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Metro Manila, travel, things to do, holy week, easter

Passengers at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport are advised to extend their patience as runway maintenance starts.

Image: Mactan Cebu Airport

The effects of El Niño has compelled the Cebu City Council to declare a state of calamity. This was done so it can release calamity funds to deal with the water shortage affecting parts of the city. Even as the city bears the brunt of the summer heat, travelers to and from Cebu may have to extend their patience as the rehabilitation of the MCIA runway has started. On a positive note, tourists in the Visayas can relax and feel secure as a maritime patrol system was launched to ensure their safety as they travel by sea. Finally, they can also look forward to another tourist spot in Oslob as a 3,000-tulip garden was launched by a restaurant in the southern town recently.


Weather: Cebu City under a state of calamity due to El Niño


The Cebu City Council declared a state of calamity in the city due to the effects of El Niño [1]. This declaration is timely as the Queen City of the South is expected to have mostly sunny weather throughout the week. While the clouds may provide some respite during the day, rain showers appear to be a thing of the past these days. The state of calamity will allow the local government to use calamity funds to mitigate the effects of El Nino, which already caused water shortages in some parts of the city. Temperatures for the week will range from 250C to 340C.


Traffic News: Buses with violations will not be registered


The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) announced recently that a “certificate of no pending case” should be required before public utility buses can be registered at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) [2]. The certificate should be issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The certificate is a part of a new set of guidelines that ensure owners and operators of public buses give right compensation to their drivers and conductors. The compensation scheme includes a fixed monthly compensation, overtime, and 13th month pay. This will replace the performance-based compensation and discourage drivers from racing to reach the next stop ahead of the others.



Travel Updates


Rehab of MCIA runway started

Travelers to and from Cebu should expect some delays in their flights as the rehabilitation of the runway of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport started on April 8 [3]. Airport authorities said there may be longer taxiing times for some airplanes upon arrival or right before they take off since they may take a roundabout route depending on which phase of the runway is being worked on. The work will be done in phases to avoid major disruptions is airport operations. General maintenance of the taxiways will run until June 6 while work will be done between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM during the rehabilitation of the runway.


Central Visayas maritime patrol launched

To secure and keep the waters in the Visayas safe, an inter-agency maritime patrol was launched by the National Coast Watch System (NCWS) regional coordinating center central (RCCC) recently [4]. The activity is the first coordinated maritime safety and security exercise the Central Visayas that will support tourism activities in the region. The patrols will be conducted by members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) of the Philippine Navy. The launch of the patrols is timely as tourism officials are expecting a high volume of travelers visiting the most visited tourist spots during the Holy Week and the summer season.


New tourist spot in Oslob eyed

Tourists normally visit Oslob to swim with the whale sharks. But they may have something else to look forward to when they visit this southern Cebu town. A restaurant in Barangay Gawi features a garden with 3,000 plastic tulips [5]. The setup at the Tulip Valley Flower is similar to the 10,000 Roses Café in Cordova. Businessman Mancini Romares is hoping that it will become another tourist stopover in the town. Around 60 percent of the plastic tulips are made of 18,000 plastic spoons the businessman collected from parties in the area. The plastic tulips are colored red, white, and yellow, and they are set up beside a garden with real flowers in an area overlooking the sea.



Passed Laws and Ordinances: Total plastic ban awaits approval


An ordinance aimed at totally banning single-use plastics in the city still awaits the approval of the Cebu City Council [6]. The ordinance hit a snag when the Committee on Laws aims to resolve any issues between the proposed ordinance and a proposal banning the use of plastics and Styrofoam during sports activities in the city. A public hearing was scheduled on the proposed ban of single-use plastics on April 30. The City Council requested the presence of other stakeholders, including the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), and the market association. Since some industries disagree with the ban, the ordinance will be implemented gradually over a tree-year period.


Visit Yoorekka for more updates on Cebu City!


Sources:
[1] http://bit.ly/2PeKqzZ
[2] http://bit.ly/2KO5QoS
[3] http://bit.ly/2Pgcnav
[4] http://bit.ly/2ULdIw9
[5] http://bit.ly/2VajA1m
[6] http://bit.ly/2GrKFot

Metro Manila, travel, things to do, holy week, easter

Passengers at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport are advised to extend their patience as runway maintenance starts.

Image: Mactan Cebu Airport

The effects of El Niño has compelled the Cebu City Council to declare a state of calamity. This was done so it can release calamity funds to deal with the water shortage affecting parts of the city. Even as the city bears the brunt of the summer heat, travelers to and from Cebu may have to extend their patience as the rehabilitation of the MCIA runway has started. On a positive note, tourists in the Visayas can relax and feel secure as a maritime patrol system was launched to ensure their safety as they travel by sea. Finally, they can also look forward to another tourist spot in Oslob as a 3,000-tulip garden was launched by a restaurant in the southern town recently.


Weather: Cebu City under a state of calamity due to El Niño


The Cebu City Council declared a state of calamity in the city due to the effects of El Niño [1]. This declaration is timely as the Queen City of the South is expected to have mostly sunny weather throughout the week. While the clouds may provide some respite during the day, rain showers appear to be a thing of the past these days. The state of calamity will allow the local government to use calamity funds to mitigate the effects of El Nino, which already caused water shortages in some parts of the city. Temperatures for the week will range from 250C to 340C.


Traffic News: Buses with violations will not be registered


The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) announced recently that a “certificate of no pending case” should be required before public utility buses can be registered at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) [2]. The certificate should be issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The certificate is a part of a new set of guidelines that ensure owners and operators of public buses give right compensation to their drivers and conductors. The compensation scheme includes a fixed monthly compensation, overtime, and 13th month pay. This will replace the performance-based compensation and discourage drivers from racing to reach the next stop ahead of the others.



Travel Updates


Rehab of MCIA runway started

Travelers to and from Cebu should expect some delays in their flights as the rehabilitation of the runway of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport started on April 8 [3]. Airport authorities said there may be longer taxiing times for some airplanes upon arrival or right before they take off since they may take a roundabout route depending on which phase of the runway is being worked on. The work will be done in phases to avoid major disruptions is airport operations. General maintenance of the taxiways will run until June 6 while work will be done between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM during the rehabilitation of the runway.


Central Visayas maritime patrol launched

To secure and keep the waters in the Visayas safe, an inter-agency maritime patrol was launched by the National Coast Watch System (NCWS) regional coordinating center central (RCCC) recently [4]. The activity is the first coordinated maritime safety and security exercise the Central Visayas that will support tourism activities in the region. The patrols will be conducted by members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) of the Philippine Navy. The launch of the patrols is timely as tourism officials are expecting a high volume of travelers visiting the most visited tourist spots during the Holy Week and the summer season.


New tourist spot in Oslob eyed

Tourists normally visit Oslob to swim with the whale sharks. But they may have something else to look forward to when they visit this southern Cebu town. A restaurant in Barangay Gawi features a garden with 3,000 plastic tulips [5]. The setup at the Tulip Valley Flower is similar to the 10,000 Roses Café in Cordova. Businessman Mancini Romares is hoping that it will become another tourist stopover in the town. Around 60 percent of the plastic tulips are made of 18,000 plastic spoons the businessman collected from parties in the area. The plastic tulips are colored red, white, and yellow, and they are set up beside a garden with real flowers in an area overlooking the sea.



Passed Laws and Ordinances: Total plastic ban awaits approval


An ordinance aimed at totally banning single-use plastics in the city still awaits the approval of the Cebu City Council [6]. The ordinance hit a snag when the Committee on Laws aims to resolve any issues between the proposed ordinance and a proposal banning the use of plastics and Styrofoam during sports activities in the city. A public hearing was scheduled on the proposed ban of single-use plastics on April 30. The City Council requested the presence of other stakeholders, including the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), and the market association. Since some industries disagree with the ban, the ordinance will be implemented gradually over a tree-year period.


Visit Yoorekka for more updates on Cebu City!


Sources:
[1] http://bit.ly/2PeKqzZ
[2] http://bit.ly/2KO5QoS
[3] http://bit.ly/2Pgcnav
[4] http://bit.ly/2ULdIw9
[5] http://bit.ly/2VajA1m
[6] http://bit.ly/2GrKFot

author

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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