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This Week in Cebu (February 23 to 29, 2020)

Local tourism in Cebu is expected to be boosted by a new resort and government efforts!

By: Peter Parcon | February 23, 2020
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With cold weather expected to last until March, it isn’t surprising for cloudy weather to reign over the Queen City of the South this coming week. Due to this, bringing your rain gear is advisable if you’re planning to visit Cebu. Meanwhile, traffic is expected to ease after three road widening projects are completed in three critical areas in Cebu. And on the lighter side, Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu opened its doors to Cebuanos, bringing together two cultures in an Instagram-worthy resort in Mactan Island. Moreover, Cebu may look forward to cleaner air as enforcers have started to issue citation tickets to violators of the anti-smoking ordinance of the city. Read on for more details.

Weather: Gloomy weather for the week

The weather bureau announced earlier that cold weather will last until March. This is true in Cebu, as clouds are expected to dominate the skyline throughout the week. Sunday will see partly cloudy weather with a rain shower or two in the morning and evening. The wet weather will continue until Tuesday. Wednesday will see a slight improvement with the sun peeking out of the clouds. While rainy weather will return on Thursday, the weekend will see partly sunny weather as the probability of rain goes down to one percent. Temperatures for the week are expected to be between 23°C and 32°C [1].

Traffic News: Widening projects set for three major roads

Residents and visitors to Cebu should brace themselves for more gridlocks as three major road widening projects will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Once completed, these projects would lead to lighter traffic along Juan Luna Avenue, Salinas Drive, and Sergio Osmeña Jr. Boulevard corner Vicente Sotto Street.

Juan Luna Avenue and Salinas Drive will see its existing four-lane road expanded to six lanes. On the other hand, the existing four lanes of Sergio Osmeña Jr. Boulevard corner Vicente Sotto Street will be increased to eight lanes. Civil works for the Juan Luna Avenue project are set to start before the end of the year. No timeline was set yet for the two other projects [2].

Travel Updates

Additional police deployed at MCIA

Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) director, announced the deployment of additional police personnel at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA). The additional personnel will assist in the quarantine of Filipinos returning from Taiwan and China. He said personnel from the Quick Response Team (QRT) and the Regional Mobile Force Company (RMFC) will provide assistance to airport personnel. The MCIA Authority requested assistance in enforcing quarantine measures at the airport after some Filipinos refused to go through quarantine after they returned from Taiwan (3).

Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu officially open

The first luxury resort of Robinsons Land Corp. in collaboration with the Dusit International hospitality group of Thailand officially opened its doors to Cebuanos recently. The Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu features three low-rise buildings with 727 rooms, six restaurants, and six event venues. Situated at the northern tip of Mactan Island, the resort offers magnificent views of Magellan Bay. General manager David Anthony Baldwin said the property has no bad angles and offers numerous sunrise views for its guests. Moreover, the pool area features a sunset view, making it the most popular spot in the resort. Baldwin added the resort suitably blends the warm Filipino welcome with the unique grace and manner of the Thais [4].

Cebu governor encourages domestic tourism

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia encouraged local tourism stakeholders to promote domestic tourism amid the challenges brought by the 2019 novel coronavirus. She said hotels and resorts should focus on making Cebu attractive to domestic tourists. One way of promoting local tourism is the Suroy Suroy Sugbo where tourists can see attractions in five to ten towns. The last leg in January covered northern Cebu and Bantayan. Another northern tour is planned for April covering northern Cebu and Camotes Island. Moreover, towns and cities will be encouraged to improve their facilities to cater to participants of the event [5].

Passed Laws and Ordinance: City implements anti-smoking ordinance

Citation tickets were issued to individuals caught smoking in public areas by Cebu City’s Environmental and Sanitation Team (CESET) recently. Photos of the violators with their faces covered were posted by the CESET as citation tickets were issued for violating the Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of the City of Cebu. Moreover, violators were also fined PhP1,500. Aside from the anti-smoking ordinance, deputized enforcers were also tasked to implement the Anti-Littering Ordinance and Solid Waste Segregation at Source Ordinance of the city [6].

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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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