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This Week in Cebu (May 5 to 11, 2019)

Having a last-minute summer getaway in Cebu? Read on to know about the latest travel news!

By: Peter Parcon | May 05, 2019
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Pets can now ride public utility vehicles.

The summer heat turns cold as the weather in Cebu changes from sunny to rainy during the week. Despite the erratic weather, the Queen City of the South still has a lot of surprises for you when you drop by for a visit. Read on to know more about the good news for pet lovers, a new traffic scheme for the south, safety in the tourism industry, a Netflix special about Cebu, and an ordinance on alcoholic beverages.

Weather: Sunny to rainy weather for the week

Bringing an umbrella may be practical as the weather will turn from sunny to rainy all in one week. Since the sun will be out the whole day on Sunday, an umbrella will ward off harmful UV rays from damaging your skin. While cloud cover will gradually increase as the week goes on, ditching the umbrella may not be a good idea since rainy weather is expected in the evenings. By Thursday, a thunderstorm may come in the morning [1]. Over the weekend, scattered rain showers are expected throughout the day. Temperatures for the week will range from a high of 350 C to a low of 220 C.

Traffic News: Pets now allowed in PUVs

Pet lovers rejoice! Your pets can now ride with you if you take public transportation. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) released a memorandum allowing pet owners to bring their pets in public utility vehicles (PUVs) [2]. The move was in response to the request of different groups to give access to pets based on the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. However, the pets should be put in carriers and placed in a designated compartment in the PUV. Pet lovers welcomed the move particularly those who take public transportation in going from one place to another.

New Traffic Plan for the South

A new traffic plan could be implemented when the underpass project along N. Bacalso Avenue will be opened to the public [3]. This was revealed by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-7 Project Engineer Roy Dela Cruz. When the project started, delivery trucks, buses, and mini-buses were rerouted to the Cebu South Coastal Road. But once the underpass opens in June, these vehicles may be allowed to pass through the main roads in the area. Dela Cruz also said a conference meeting among the Cebu City Traffic Office (CCTO), DPWH-7, and other offices to work on a new traffic scheme will be held once the project is completed this June.

Travel Updates

DOT 7 highlights safety within tourism industry

Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano advised tourism stakeholders to always practice safety [4]. These remarks were made during a recent counter-terrorism training conducted by the British Embassy. Tamano made the remarks as the tourism industry in Cebu continues to grow. He added that even though the region is free from threats, tourism stakeholders should remain vigilant. Tamano also said safety should be in the DNA of all stakeholders in the region. The region has seen an increase in tourist arrivals from 6.9 million in 2017 to eight million in 2018.

Cebuano street food takes center stage on Netflix show

Netlix’s “Street Food Asia” recently featured Cebuano street food during its launch at Toyo Eatery on April 24 [5]. The producers of the show decided to feature Cebu after they spotted an article in an in-flight magazine written by veteran Cebuano journalist, Jude Bacalso. Among the Cebuano street food highlighted on the show were the Nilarang Bakasi (soured stew reef eel) of Florencio “Entoy” Escabas, the Tuslob-Buwa of Ian Secong, the Cebu lechon of Leslie Enjambre, and the lumpia (Chinese-style spring rolls) of Rubilyn Diko Manayon.

Passed Laws and Ordinance: No alcohol near churches

A city ordinance currently prohibits the sale of alcoholic drinks within 100 meters of churches, hospitals schools, and public plazas. Despite this prohibition, a Cebu City councilor noted the presence of bars close to churches and schools along General Maxilom Avenue. Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera has urged the City Zoning Board to check if these establishments are following City Ordinance 1413 [6]. He said some of these establishments are located adjacent to religious and educational institutions. Councilor Garganera added that he wants to make sure business owners are following the ordinance aimed at protecting the interest of the general public.

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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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