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Of 22 new coronavirus cases in Central Visayas, 18 from Cebu City

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) There are now 22 COVID-19 cases in the region since testing began in January

LOCKDOWN. Personnel of the Cebu City Police Office secure the boundary of Cebu City and Talisay City at the start of the Enhanced Community Quarrantine in Cebu City on March 28, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu province begins strict lockdown on March 30

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:24 PM

With the borders closed, travel will not be allowed among towns and cities, including Cebu City

TEMP CHECK. A Cebu City health worker conducts temperature checks on jeepney passengers. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Blowing of ship horns, ringing of church bells signal start Cebu City lockdown

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:22 PM

Cebu City's enhanced community quarantine begins noon of Saturday, March 28

CHECKPOINT. Authorities man a checkpoint in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu province to be placed on lockdown

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATE) Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says the lockdown will take effect once she signs the executive order 12 to 24 hours from Wednesday afternoon, March 25

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A passenger gets temperature checked upon arriving in Cebu. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu bans use of airconditioning in PUVs

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says the novel coronavirus is more likely to thrive in enclosed spaces

CHECK. Cebu City health workers along with city police conduct temperature checks in Jones Ave. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

No more dining in at Cebu province restaurants

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:24 AM

Restaurants will be allowed to deliver or keep drive-thru windows open

'Bagsakan centers' for indigents, displaced workers to be set up in Cebu

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:40 PM

The centers will also impose a purchase quota, such as limiting buyers to only two kilos of rice each

STOCKING UP. Consumers are seen buying goods at a market in Quezon City on March 13, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cebu province orders 24-hour home quarantine for students, elderly

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:41 AM

Governor Gwen Garcia calls it the '24-hour curfew', which begins on Sunday, March 22

24-HOUR QUARANTINE. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia meets with local officials on response to the novel coronavirus. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

Over 30,000 coronavirus test kits arrive in Cebu

Mar 20, 2020 - 1:53 PM

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino says the kits were ordered from South Korea. The Visayas is expected to have over 40,000 test kits.

TEMPERATURE CHECK. A passenger at the Port of Cebu gets his temperature checked. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu province reports first coronavirus case

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The patient, who is from Mandaue City, is recovering, says the regional health director

CHECKPOINT. Members of the Cebu City Health Workers along with the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) conducts temperature check as motorists line up in Jones Ave. cebu City is under Community quarantine to stop the spread of the Corona virus disease. (FILE PHOTO BY  GELO LITONJUA/Rappler)

Only 1 person under investigation for coronavirus in Cebu

Mar 18, 2020 - 12:32 PM

The number of people being probed for coronavirus across Central Visayas has gone down fom 52 to 11 in a span of a week

SUPPLIES. A doctor checks supply stock of a hospital in Manila treating COVID-19 patients. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia cancel flights during 'enhanced community quarantine' in Luzon

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:41 PM

The country's major airlines cancel domestic and international flights ahead of the implementation of the Luzon-wide lockdown

FLIGHTS CANCELED. Passengers flock the ticketing office of Cebu Pacific to book and rebook flights at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13. Photo by Inoue Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cebu City bans sale of liquor during community quarantine

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:41 PM

There is also a city-wide curfew between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am

Cebu governor warns profiteers of revoked business permits

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:11 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has also called on Cebu mayors to report spikes in the prices of basic goods in their areas

GWEN. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from Garcia's office

Cebu Pacific to lay off 150 new cabin crew as virus lockdowns mount

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:50 PM

'If the business picks up, hopefully in the very near future, they will be prioritized in the hiring,' says Cebu Pacific

Woman waiting for coronavirus test results dies in Cebu City

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:06 AM

The death of the person under investigation is not the reason for the lockdown, as it was not yet confirmed if she was positive for coronavirus, Mayor Labella says

ISOLATION TENT. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cebu City placed under community quarantine

Mar 16, 2020 - 7:33 AM

Mayor Edgar Labella places Cebu City under community quarantine until April 14

SCREENING. Passengers from Manila are screened as they arrive in the Port of Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu imposes flight ban on Legazpi, Clark, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:19 PM

The ban was imposed in the hopes of preventing the novel coronavirus from reaching Cebu province, which still has zero cases of infection

PRECAUTION. File photo of a now standard temperature check at the entrance of buildings. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Cebu Pacific domestic flights to, from Manila fully booked on March 14

Mar 14, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Cebu Pacific also advises those whose flights have been canceled from March 15 to April 14 to manage their bookings online

37 persons under investigation for coronavirus in Mandaue City 

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:12 PM

There are a total of 52 persons under investigation for COVID-19 in Central Visayas

FACE MASKS. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Cebu Pacific extends free rebooking to April 2020 flights

Mar 12, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Passengers who booked flights from March 10 to April 30 may also place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund

FREE REBOOKING. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Cebu province asks classes be shortened to once a week due to novel coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Cebu's provincial board also asks the Department of Education to make the school year shorter

SCHOOL CLEANING. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DENR reminds Cebu LGUs to check hazard maps for landslide prone areas

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Over 250 barangays in Cebu province are in landslide prone areas. The geosciences bureau reminds LGUs to prepare for the rainy season.

RESCUE OPS. File photo by Cebu Provincial Governement

Cebu province suspends road clearing to assert autonomy

Mar 10, 2020 - 7:49 PM

'Is this a collaborative partnership or is this a dictatorship?' Garcia asks the DILG

TRAFFIC. Motorists experience moderate to heavy traffic in Osmena Blvd Cebu City during rush hour. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu imposes mandatory quarantine on arrivals from Iran, Italy

Mar 10, 2020 - 6:09 PM

The Cebu provincial government directive is on top of the travel restrictions endorsed by the DOH

Cebu Pacific offers free rebooking for March 2020 flights due to virus

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:05 AM

Passengers who booked for domestic and international travel from March 10 to 31 may rebook their flights for free, subject to fare difference

FREE REBOOKING. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Cebu to start screening domestic passengers after coronavirus cases confirmed in Metro Manila

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:56 PM

Currently, only passengers from international airports are scanned for high fever

SCANNING. Scanners at the Mactan Cebu International Airport check temperatures of arriving passengers. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu Pacific execs take pay cut to save jobs as coronavirus hurts profits

Mar 09, 2020 - 3:55 PM

'It's the least that can be done given the challenging situation and it's the right thing to do,' says Cebu Pacific

Interim bus system to launch in Cebu City March 15

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:26 PM

20 buses will be used for the initial launch. The same stops will be used in the launch of the Bus Rapid Transit system, scheduled for December 2021.

BEEP. Beep buses ferry passengers from business districts to their homes in Cebu. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Argao cops may face relief for not telling on chief who 'slept' with detainee

Mar 07, 2020 - 8:22 AM

There shouldn’t be blind obedience, says Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro of the Central Visayas police

ARRESTED. Argao town police chief Maor Ildefonso Miranda Jr is caught letting a female inmate sleep in his bed in their headquarters. PNP-IMEG photo.

Hotel occupancy down in Cebu due to coronavirus travel ban

Mar 06, 2020 - 8:38 PM

Hotel occupancy is down by 20% compared to same period in 2019 in Cebu, and by 35% in neighboring Bohol

SCANNER. The Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City temperature scans guests before being allowed entry. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Cebu town police chief arrested for 'sleeping' with female drug detainee

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Argao town police chief Major Ildefonso Miranda Jr is caught sharing his bed with a female detainee in his quarters

CAUGHT. This photo, which appears to be a selfie, taken on a phone, shows Argao police chief Colonel Ildefonso Miranda Jr on the same bed with a female detainee in his quarters at the municipal police station. Photo from PNP-IMEG

Cebu Chinese community donates 5,000 masks to city amid coronavirus scare

Mar 03, 2020 - 8:02 AM

WHO does not recommend wearing masks unless one is sick. Instead, they encourage the public to frequently wash hands and maintain good hygiene practices to avoid infection.

MASKS. The Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Cebu turns over surgical masks to Cebu City. Photo courtesy of Cebu City Public Information Office

Cebu Pacific kicks off 24th anniversary celebration with 3-day piso sale

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The budget airline also welcomes its newest ambassador, internet superstar Mimiyuuuh

DOH tracks South Korean under monitoring in Cebu

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:20 PM

The Department of Health is verifying the location of one of the 26 South Korean tourists who arrived in Cebu on February 25 from coronavirus-hit Daegu City

MACTAN-CEBU International Airport monitors arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

No Alegria Oil Field proceeds yet for Cebu, says Gwen Garcia

Mar 01, 2020 - 6:45 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia asks the Department of Energy for a breakdown of the total gross proceeds and operating expenses to see how much host LGUs should really receive

Cebu's Garcia: Not right time for inter-school meets amid novel coronavirus outbreak

Mar 01, 2020 - 5:11 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is set to meet with local government units to consult whether or not to go on with scheduled activities

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Dozens of shabu sachets, drug kits seized in Cebu City Jail

Mar 01, 2020 - 1:55 PM

'The drugs we seized here only shows that we really have a problem,' says Cebu City Jail Superintendent Julius Arro

RAIDED. In this file photo taken on February 28, 2017 and released on March 2, 2017, naked inmates at the Cebu city jail sit during a joint raid by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Cebu Police provincial office on illegal drugs and contrabands. Photo by Merlie Dacunos/Cebu Provincial Police Office /AFP

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to South Korea after PH travel ban

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

19 tourists from virus-hit Korean city under quarantine in Cebu

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Local authorities are still tracking 7 others who came from Daegu City in South Korea

PROTECTION. Police in protective gear prepare for possible novel coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Daren Langit/Rappler

Don't touch blacktip sharks spotted in southern Cebu – fisheries bureau

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The sharks appeared in town only kilometers away from Oslob, where whale shark feeding is a tourist attraction

SHARK SPOTTED. Blacktip reef shark spotted on the north side of the Palmyra Atoll. Photo by Laura M. Beauregard, USFWS/Wikimedia Commons

At least 259 homes destroyed in Cebu City fire

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:12 PM

Fire investigators blame faulty wiring for starting the fire that displaced hundreds of families. Damage is estimated at P1.5 million.

BLAZE. Cebu City firefighters battle a massive fire in Barangay Suba. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

At least 3 people killed within 4-hour period in Cebu City

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Two of the victims are shot dead, while a third is stabbed in the chest

Cebu officials aim to pilot revival of Marcos-era Nutribun

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Spearheading the project with Cebu local executives is no less than the late dictator's daughter, Senator Imee Marcos

Ex-Cebu airport chief convicted of graft over overpriced fire truck

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Adelberto Yap is sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison

CONVICTED. Sandiganbayan convicts former Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) general manager Adelberto Yap. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cebu Provincial Board approves shift to solar power in Capitol

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:44 PM

Once implemented, all buildings inside the Cebu Provincial Capitol compound will have solar panels

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. File photo of Cebu Provincial Capitol. Wikipedia

LOOK: Cebu’s ‘dead’ Butuanon river

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The river tested positive for the poliovirus on February 15

DEAD RIVER. The Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Court sentences 3 women in Cebu for livestreaming sex abuse

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:39 PM

The 3 online traffickers are each sentenced to between 23 and 36 years in prison and ordered to pay P600,000 in damages

Cebu Pacific lowers fares as coronavirus hits tourism

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:40 AM

The budget airline reduces its base fare to as low as P88, as the Philippines is projected to lose billions of pesos due to travel bans

To ‘cushion’ effects of virus outbreak, DOT wants Duterte to visit tourist spots

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:28 PM

The tourism department plans to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol, as the tourism industry continues to suffer from the coronavirus scare

TRAVELING SOON. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a tour around the facilities of the Sangley Airport in Cavite City during its inauguration on February 15, 2020. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo