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Pandemic delays Cebu's plans to replace Cebuano with English in teaching

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia originally wanted new learning materials produced in time for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year

Cebu province to stop requiring PCR test for discharge of COVID-19 patients

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Coronavirus patients can be discharged from the hospital as long as they are deemed 'clinically well,' says Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

SWAB TEST. A man is swab tested for coronavirus in Cavite. File photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Metro Manila, Cebu City relax restrictions

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We label June 1 as ‘The Hunger Games: NCR, Cavite, and Cebu City Editions.’ For those returning to work, it’s like getting into a death match.

Cebu airport builds coronavirus testing lab in terminal for returning OFWs

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:57 AM

The lab will be manned by MCIA staff who are trained by the Department of Health, and will supplement the existing labs in the area

REOPENED. The Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) opens as Cebu is placed under general community quarantine. Photo from MCIA's Facebook page

Cebu City courts closed until June 5 after employee tests positive for coronavirus

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Cebu City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Macaundas Hadjirasul says the employee and 28 others were tested on May 15

CLOSED. The Cebu City Hall of Justice is closed until June 5. Photo from Qimonda IT Center Website

52 health workers in Central Visayas positive for coronavirus

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:15 PM

At least 5 doctors and 23 nurses test positive for coronavirus in the Central Visayas region

HEALTH WORKER. A health worker tests Cebu City resident for coronavirus.File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Cebu City releases GCQ guidelines

May 31, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Cebu City's Executive Order No. 79 is signed on Sunday, May 31, and takes effect immediately

CHECKPOINT. Cebu City personnel check passengers temperature in this March 2020 photo. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Garcia to ask for lifting of Cebu province's GCQ status

May 30, 2020 - 10:51 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says her province is prepared to transition to the moderate general community quarantine

Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Cebu City, more VisMin areas to be on GCQ starting June 1

May 30, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Central Visayas, Mandaue City, and Zamboanga City are also added to GCQ areas after President Rodrigo Duterte initially placed them under the more relaxed modified GCQ

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu, rest of Central Visayas gear up for more OFW arrivals

May 29, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas says thousands of overseas Filipino workers are projected to arrive in Central Visayas in the coming week

OFW ARRIVAL. Overseas Filipino workers arrive at the Port of Cebu. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas

Customer shoots dead Cebu bakery worker who enforced physical distancing

May 29, 2020 - 6:36 PM

The customer resents the bakery employee's calling him out for cutting the line and disregarding rules on physical distancing

SHOT DEAD. A bakery employee is shot dead in Cebu for enforcing physical distancing. Photo from Cebu Provincial Police Office

14 students from Cebu City who arrived in Mindanao test positive for coronavirus

May 27, 2020 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says his office will investigate how the students got the virus and why they were allowed to leave

SEAPORT. OFWs arrive at a port in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

With relief goods running out, Cebuano youth group helps raise funds and aid

May 27, 2020 - 7:01 PM

When relief goods hardly reached everyone at the height of the lockdown in a Cebu town, the Batan-on alang sa Kalambuan sa Cordova started a donation drive for 80 families

Young members of the Batan-on alang sa Kalambuan sa Cordova during their May 21 distribution. Photo from BaKa-C's official Facebook page

Coronavirus Updates: Threat to free speech in Cebu

May 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We’ve documented in Cebu at least 3 instances where residents are either intimidated by politicians, visited by police, or arrested for their Facebook posts

Sinas’ sins in Central Visayas: Killings rampant, investigations incomplete

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) While President Rodrigo Duterte called him a 'good officer,' the CHR characterizes Sinas’ time as Central Visayas chief as one when violence intensified

POLICE CHIEF. Debold Sinas takes his oath as Metro Manila's police director. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Provincial gov't urges doctors to avoid referring patients to Cebu City

May 24, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Referrals for major procedures will continue, especially if provincial hospitals are unable to perform them

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

CHR slams Gwen Garcia for publicly shaming netizen

May 22, 2020 - 9:32 PM

‘Shouldn't we both be entitled to the same human rights that the Commission on Human Rights has vowed to protect?’ Garcia asks

GOVERNOR. Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia addresses the public via livestream in this file photo. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

462 returning OFWs to arrive in Cebu on May 22

May 22, 2020 - 5:49 PM

The OFWs return to Cebu from Manila after undergoing isolation and virus tests. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in Cebu’s jails now exceed 600 mark.

REPATRIATED. OFWs return to Cebu via ferry in April. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Taken after midnight, cuffed to a chair: The arrest of Cebuana artist Bambi Beltran

May 22, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran is detained for 60 hours and faces up to 18 years in prison for a sarcastic Facebook post Mayor Edgar Labella called 'fake news.' He says it's nothing personal.

Cebu City lifts Sitio Zapatera's total lockdown

May 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Zapatera was the first sitio to be put on lockdown in April, and stayed that way for 43 days

LOCKDOWN LIFTED. The lockdown in Sitio Zapatera is lifted. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebuano youth seek to help local communities understand COVID-19

May 20, 2020 - 6:56 PM

Visayan Youth Matters makes it their mission to help local communities better understand the current health crisis by translating important information about COVID-19 in local languages

HELP. Visayan Youth Matters distributes brochures along with relief goods to help promote a better awareness of the coronavirus crisis. All photos from Visayan Youth Matters

Cebu gov't confirms more coronavirus cases in small towns

May 19, 2020 - 2:54 PM

The Cebu provincial govenment says that 4 of the new cases are women who recently gave birth

CEBU PORT. Passengers leave Cebu City from a port prior to lockdown in March. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebuano family living in tent during lockdown needs donations

May 18, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Cresencio Caballes Jr says netizens have helped him raise P5,000. His family needs P50,000 to rebuild their house destroyed in a neighborhood fire last March

TENT. 25-year-old Cresencio Caballes has been living in a tent since lockdown began after his house burned down in March. Photo from Facebook

GCQ in Cebu province takes effect on May 20

May 18, 2020 - 5:59 PM

While the province is downgraded to a general community quarantine as a 'moderate-risk' area, the province remains on lockdown until May 20 pending a new executive order

CHECKPOINT. Police man a checkpoint in Cebu. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

What living in the office for 7+ weeks has taught us

May 18, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Since this pandemic started, the team and I have repeatedly talked about the need to focus on the things we can control'

Coronavirus Updates: More Cebu City sitios under lockdown

May 16, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Sitio Upper in the mountain village of Bacayan is the latest addition to the list, even as Cebu City transitions to modified enhanced community quarantine

Cebu City, Mandaue City now under ECQ until May 31

May 16, 2020 - 8:19 AM

Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, Angeles City are under modified enhanced community quarantine until May 31, the government coronavirus task force says in its latest resolution

CEBU CITY. Sitio Zapatera is the first barangay to be placed on lockdown in Cebuu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Cebu City releases modified ECQ guidelines

May 16, 2020 - 12:07 AM

There are slight changes to the lockdown with the modified enhanced community quarantine in place

CHECKPOINT. Police man a checkpoint in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu cities want to remain under ECQ 


May 12, 2020 - 9:52 PM

The national government places the two cities under general community quarantine starting May 16, but they don't think they are ready to ease restrictions

RAPID TEST. A resident of Cebu City gets blood drawn for antibody test. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Party-list group denies issuing certification to Cebuana beauty queen, boyfriend

May 12, 2020 - 6:25 PM

Party-list representative Jorge Bustos says he will file charges against the couple for presenting falsified documents to authorities in Cebu checkpoints

LOCKDOWN VIOLATION. Maria Gigante and her boyfriend are caught by police violating lockdown and liquor ban guidelines in a Moalboal town. Photo from Gigantes' Instagram

16 Cebu City police officers positive for coronavirus

May 12, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Aside from the police officers, 5 civilian personnel also test positive for the virus

CHECKPOINT. Cebu City Police Office personnel man a checkpoint in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Metro Manila, Cebu City, Laguna under 'modified' ECQ until May 31

May 12, 2020 - 12:39 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Eight regions will be placed under GCQ, while the remaining 8 will be under no quarantine measures but must follow health protocols

Members of the Manila Police District and the Manila Health Department don their Personal Protective Equipment as they go to houses of Persons Under Investigation to bring them to the Delpan COVID-19 Quarantine Facility at Parola in Tondo, Manila on April 15, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

MAP: Where are the coronavirus cases in Cebu City?

May 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Most of Cebu City's positive cases are in urban poor neighborhoods or the crowded jails

CORONAVIRUS MAP. Where the most coronavirus cases are in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City has highest number of coronavirus cases in Philippines

May 11, 2020 - 1:55 PM

As of Sunday evening, May 10, Cebu has 1,571 cases, while Quezon City has 1,558 cases

QUARANTINE. OFWs stranded due to lockdown return to Cebu City from Manila via ferry. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebuana beauty queen arrested for swimming, drinking amid lockdown

May 11, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Moalboal town police say Maria Gigante and her boyfriend got past checkpoints because they claimed they were going to Alegria to distribute relief goods

LOCKDOWN VIOLATION. Maria Gigante and her boyfriend are caught by police violating lockdown and liquor ban guidelines in a Moalboal town. Photo from Gigantes' Instagram

Coronavirus Updates: Infections creep into Cebu’s jails

May 09, 2020 - 5:00 PM

According to the Department of Health, the number of coronavirus cases in Cebu City Jail is at 335. There are 25 cases at the Cebu Provincial Detention Center and 71 at the Mandaue City Jail.

43 more OFWs arrive in Cebu, go straight to hotel quarantine

May 09, 2020 - 8:35 AM

In April, a first batch of 200 OFWs came home to Cebu after testing negative for COVID-19 in Manila. A second test showed 17 of them positive.

MACTAN AIRPORT. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu sets guidelines for release of children in conflict with the law

May 07, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says it is important to establish protocols for children in conflict with the law as they are different from adult prisoners

CEBU GOVERNMENT. The Cebu Provincial Capitol. Photo by Ryme26/CC BY-SA

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran named Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award laureate

May 07, 2020 - 1:20 AM

'This recognition reaffirms my belief that the ability to express our opinion and speak freely is essential to bring about change in society,' says Beltran, who was arrested in April over a Facebook post about COVID-19

AWARDEE. Cebu artist Bambi Beltran is named a Freedom of Speech Award laureate by Deutsche Welle. Photo from Beltran's Facebook page/Image of award from DW

Cebu City has over 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

May 05, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Cebu City has the 2nd highest number of coronavirus infections in the country. Most cases are in the barangays of Mambaling, Luz, Labangon and Suba.

HEALTH WORKERS. Cebu City health workers go to barangays to test residents. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Cebu City’s cases will rise, but let’s not panic

May 02, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Cebu City tests even persons without symptoms. With an increased number of tests being run, you will inevitably have an increased number of confirmed cases.

Cebu City, Southern Leyte lift ban on Mindanao pork products

May 02, 2020 - 7:45 AM

Mindanao was previously hit by the African swine fever, prompting local governments in the Visayas to ban hogs and pork products from the neighboring island

125 new coronavirus cases confirmed 
at Cebu City Jail

May 01, 2020 - 9:36 AM

With the new cases, there are now 332 people infected with the coronavirus at the Cebu City Jail

JAIL. 4 test positive for coronavirus in Cebu City jail. Photo from Cebu City Jail Facebook page

Cebu City releases mass testing schedule

Apr 30, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Cebu City is planning to test at least 23,000 families through rapid testing before the expiration of the enhanced community quarantine on May 15

TESTING. City health workers conduct tests in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Task force to draft rules for Cebu's 'new normal' post-quarantine

Apr 30, 2020 - 2:02 PM

The coronavirus pandemic underscores the need to boost agricultural production in Cebu, which had been largely relied on imports, says Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

'NEW NORMAL'. File photo of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia meeting with local officials to discuss provincial response to the novel coronavirus disease. Photo from Cebu Province Public Information Office/Sugbo News

17 Cebu provincial jail inmates test positive for coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:37 PM

(UPDATED) Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says that the inmates were suspect cases after showing influenza-like symptoms

Health workers greet a patient being wheeled out of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City on April 24, 2020, after recovering from COVID-19. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Coronavirus turbulence: Cebu Pacific loses P1.18 billion in Q1 2020

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Budget airline Cebu Pacific posts a sharp 135% drop in its bottom line in the 1st quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

72 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:23 PM

Labangon is the 2nd Cebu City barangay to reach over 100 infections

BORDER. Police man a checkpoint between Cebu City and Talisay City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City stores may sell liquor, but public drinking still banned

Apr 28, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Executive Order No. 073 bans the consumption of liquor in public places, but it does not ban stores from selling it. A previous total liquor ban expired on April 14.

Cebu imposes strict measures in provincial jail

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says that swab tests are now being conducted at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. There are no positive COVID-19 cases in the provincial jail yet.

The Cebu City government starts the disinfection of a slum area in Barangay Pasil on March 20, 2020, to arrest the spread of Covid-19. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler