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This Week in Cebu (July 7 to 13, 2019)

Traveling is made easier in Cebu thanks to an international travel festival!

By: Peter Parcon | July 07, 2019
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As we enter the second week of July, rains continue to pour over Metro Cebu. But a ray of sunshine is expected over the weekend as the sky clears up a bit. Even as the weather may slightly improve, the newly-appointed mayor of Lapu-Lapu City has proposed short-term and long-term solutions to the traffic woes of the city. This news is timely as the construction of the second runway of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is expected to start early next year. On a more serious note, Moalboal resort owners were given fair warning as the DILG and DENR are looking at the removal of illegal structures in the area.

Weather: Cloudy with a bit of sunshine

It’s a good time to bring your rain gear at home as cloudy weather continues to dominate the Cebu’s skyline for the week [1]. Brief rain showers and thunderstorms will fill the sky at the start of the week in the Queen City of the South. While a bit of sun may brighten up your day on Wednesday and Thursday, expect a passing shower or stray thunderstorm to rain on your parade. But things are expected to improve as the weekend comes in with partly sunny weather. This will be coupled with a bit of cloudiness and a thunderstorm or two. Temperatures for the week will range from 240 C to 330 C.

Traffic Update: Lapu-Lapu City mayor to consult traffic experts

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan will seek the advice of experts in dealing with the traffic woes of the city [2]. He wants them to look into the present routes of vehicles to decongest the streets and hopefully make traffic flow fluid. In addition, the newly-proclaimed mayor ordered the City Traffic Management System (CTMS) to strictly implement traffic rules. These are the short-term solutions presented by the mayor during his recent inaugural speech. His long-term solution in dealing with traffic in the city is to build a new road network and adopting a mass transport system.

Travel Updates

Second runway in the works for Cebu airport

Construction of the second runway at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is expected to start in January 2020 [3]. MCIA General Manager Steve Dicdican said the project consultant, Phil. JAC Inc., will design the runway and manage the project. The design is expected to be finished within six months or before the end of the year. The project is different from the pending bill in Congress proposing the construction of a second runway for the airport. The second runway will be 3.3 kilometers long and is expected to be finished by December 2022. It will cost PhP2.5 billion to build.

Authorities to go after illegal Moalboal structures

Authorities are training their sights on illegal structures in the tourist town of Moalboal [4]. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will go after Moalboal resorts that violated the 20-meter easement zone under the Water Code of the Philippines. But the Moalboal Municipal Council passed a resolution asking DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu to reduce the easement to less than 20 meters. Moalboal Mayor Inocentes Cabaron said closing several resorts will result to an economic downturn for this southern tourist town. While it may cause a reduction in tourist arrivals, resort owners are willing to demolish illegal structures once they receive a notice from the authorities. Moalboal is the third most visited town in Cebu after Oslob and Daanbantayan.

Travel perks offered at International Travel Festival

International Travel Festival 2019 (ITF 2019) organizers have said different provinces in China have become emerging destinations for Cebuano travelers [5]. ITF General Manager Stephanie Villahermosa said Cebuanos are enticed at exploring China with the improved connection between the two countries. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) currently has direct flights to key destinations in China, including, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, among others. Aside from China, Vietnam and Cambodia have also become attractive options for Filipino travelers. On the local front, Clark, Siargao, Camiguin, Iloilo, and Bacolod are still the preferred destinations of local travelers. The ITF 2019 will run from July 12 to 14 and is among the biggest travel fairs in the Queen City of the South.

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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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