With the New Year just around the corner, residents and visitors to Cebu should be extra patient especially on the last day of the year. Traffic will likely be bad close to supermarkets and malls as families go on last-minute shopping to make their media noche (midnight meal) lavish. While traffic may be an issue during the holidays, the planned increase in the number of motorcycle taxis will allow commuters to reach their destinations on time. On a more serious note, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority has implemented new security measures to reduce passenger inconvenience and to make the airport safer for travelers. Additionally, visitors can still book rooms at the major hotels so they can count down to New Year 2020 in the lap of luxury. Read on for the complete details!
Weather: Generally clear weather
While spots of rain are expected at the end of the year, the Queen City of the South will see generally sunny weather. Sunday will see some rain showers in the morning, but clear skies will dominate the rest of the day with the chances of precipitation going as low as 3% for the day. The same conditions will continue up to the last day of the year with a couple of showers greeting the New Year. As the new decade comes, the weather will be partly sunny with spots of rain in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures for the week will be between 21°C and 32°C .
Traffic News: More motorcycle taxis coming
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) revealed that the number of motorcycle taxis will increase as 12,000 more riders will be added to the current 27,000 riders serving the public . This revelation came after Angkas, a motorcycle taxi-hailing app, claimed that 17,000 of their riders will lose their jobs. The LTFRB added that the 39,000 riders will be divided between Angkas and two new transport network companies, Move It and JoyRide. This will prevent the monopolization of the service by a single company and give commuters additional options. Moreover, the pilot run of these motorcycle taxis was extended by the inter-agency technical working group with the entry of the two new players.
Four new screening and x-ray machines were installed at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) recently. MCIAA General Manager Steve Dicdican said the machines scan the luggage of passengers without their knowledge. While these machines are small, they can thoroughly screen luggage. Moreover, the machines add another layer of security at the airport. Dicdican added that with the machines in place, they can remove the x-ray machines position at the entrance of the domestic terminal. In this manner, the area will be decongested and passenger inconvenience is reduced. The move also enjoyed the support of the Cebu Alliance of Tour Operations Specialists president Alice Queblatin. Queblatin said security should be prioritized in order to create a safe environment that is enticing for tourists to visit .
Rooms still available in many Cebu hotels for the holidays
Even as the holidays are in full swing, there are still some rooms available in many hotels in Cebu. These hotels include the ones located within the city and those in Mactan Island. While there are still rooms available, it is advisable to reserve early to ensure you can get a room for the New Year. Additionally, room availability will also change once the Sinulog season is in full swing.
Shopping Scoop: Major malls set holiday schedules
While major malls in the city are open, they adjusted the opening schedule to give employees time with their families for the New Year. Some malls will open at 11:00 AM on January 1 while others will open at noon. Regular malls hours will resume on January 2. In this light, you should check the schedule of the malls before you leave the house. In other news, some malls will hold end-of-the-season sales giving discounts of up to 70% off on selected items .
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