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Lapu-Lapu City enlists citizens to be 'Responsible Warrior-Texters' to fight virus

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The citizen/texter must report those without a face mask, wandering senior citizens, those without quarantine passes, and other related violations

RECOVERIES: Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan congratulates the 26 new fully recovered patients who will be coming home from the isolation facility. Photo from Junard “Ahong” Chan official Facebook page

Former senator Sonny Osmeña recovers from COVID-19

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:42 PM

Osmeña, who most recently served two terms as mayor of Toledo City in Cebu, is now at home after being confined in a hospital for 20 days

SONNY OSMEÑA. Former senator Sonny Osmeña recovers from the coronavirus. Screengrab from Toledo City video

Mandaue City traffic enforcers get body cameras

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:42 PM

This is meant to achieve 'higher rates of citizen compliance during encounters and fewer complaints lodged against law enforcement,' says the city government

BODY CAMERAS: The Mandaue City government purchases dust, water, and shock-proof body-worn cameras to be used by its traffic enforcers during operations. Photo from Mandaue City PIO official Facebook page

Mandaue City COVID-19 frontliners to get P200 daily hazard pay

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Mandaue City has 717 active coronavirus cases, 319 recoveries, and 25 deaths

MANDAUE CITY Mayor Jonas Cortes signs the ordinance that will give P200 daily hazard pay to all Mandaue City workers who physically report for work during the pandemic. Photo from Mandaue CIty PIO

Lapu-Lapu City sets up coffins in checkpoints to warn the public

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Mayor Junard 'Ahong' Chan says he is dead serious in driving home the message to his constituents in Lapu-Lapu City that COVID-19 kills

FUNERAL. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard 'Ahong' Chan attends a 'funeral' as part of campaign to show public the dire consequences of violating quarantine guidelines. Photo from Lapu-Lapu City PIO official Facebook page

Cebu Province approves supplemental budget to fight COVID-19

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:18 PM

The 2020 Supplemental Budget No. 1 ordinance earmarks P1.27 billion in the province's coronavirus fight back

Residents from Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City undergoes rapd testing for coronavirus during the first day of the Massive Testing on May 6, 2020. Cebu City has now over one thousand of Covid-19 cases. Photo byGelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City Health Department stops posting coronavirus updates on Facebook page

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'This was recommended by the IATF to avoid confusion with the public as we are still harmonizing data with other health departments,' the Cebu City Health Department says

TESTING. Coronavirus testing in conducted in  a Cebu City barangay. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City confirms over 1,000 coronavirus cases in a week

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Cebu City has the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country and is still under enhanced community quarantine

HOT SPOT. Cebu City’s confirmed coronavirus infections continue to surge since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it placed on lockdown. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City promises P10,000 monthly incentive to private health workers

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:54 PM

The Cebu City Council will also hear two resolutions which would give P15,000 financial aid to nurses in the coronavirus ward, and financial aid to infected patients

INCENTIVES. 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. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City lockdown: Local journalist questioned by ‘imported’ cops

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:12 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Journalists are among workers allowed to go out and perform their duty as long as they present their press IDs

LOCKDOWN. Cebu City police enforce checkpoint in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cimatu orders DOH-7, Cebu City to reconcile coronavirus data

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:41 PM

'When all the data is aligned, there is no conflict,' Secretary Roy Cimatu, overseer of COVID-19 response in Cebu City says

SECRETARY CIMATU. DENR Chief Roy Cimatu orders local health agencies to reconcile their conflict data. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Duterte extends GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Only Cebu City remains under enhanced community quarantine

GCQ. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte extends Cebu City lockdown until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:19 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the continuing rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Cebu City

ENFORCERS. A military tank patrols a Cebu City street during enhanced community quarantine in June 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Residents in Cebu City neighborhood hold party, DILG orders barangay chief to explain

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Another party is reported in Barangay Calamba, despite the city being under strict lockdown

DANCE PARTY. A dance party is recorded in Cebu City, which is currently supposed to be on lockdown. Screengrab from Facebook

DOH says deployment of more doctors to Cebu City voluntary for now

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health acknowledges the issues raised with its initial plan to deploy rural health physicians from other areas to Cebu City

FRONT LINE. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

69 Cebu City Hall employees test positive for coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Cebu City now has 5,494 cases after confirming 353 new infections. The Cebu Provincial Capitol is also closed from July 1 to 3 after 12 employees test positive.

CEBU CITY HALL At least69 employees of Cebu City Hall test positive. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH-Western Visayas suspends deployment of doctors to Cebu City

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:34 PM

'Deployment will be temporarily held in abeyance until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders,' says DOH-Western Visayas Director Marlyn Convocar

FRONTLINER. A healthcare worker at the Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory. Photo from Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory Facebook page

[EDITORIAL] Pastilan! Nganong nidangat sa pagpakauwaw sa Sugboanon ang krisis sa dakbayan sa Sugbo?

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Imbes nga mangita og solusyong makatarunganon ug epektibo, lungsoranon na man hinoon ang gibasol sa gobyernong Duterte

Cebu neighborhood holds fiesta despite being coronavirus hot spot

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:35 PM

A new quarantine facility is open in Cebu City, while an employee of the provincial capital dies of the virus

FIESTA WITH FACEMASKS. Residents perform traditional Sinulog in a fiesta despite lockdown. Contributed photo

Cebu to have Provincial Traditional Health Care board

Jun 29, 2020 - 6:06 PM

Undaunted by criticisms over promoting steam inhalation to prevent COVID-19, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia continues to champion traditional health care practices

STEAM INHALATION. Philippine medical societies say steam inhalation is not proven to cure COVID-19. Photo from Shutterstock

Cebu City distributes new quarantine passes

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Exempted workers are allowed to travel with their certificate of employment and company ID. No quarantine pass holders will be allowed out on Sundays.

QUARANTINE PASS. New quarantine pass is issued by Cebu City government. Photo courtesy of NTF COVID-19

[EDITORIAL] Pastilan! Bakit nauwi sa Cebuano-shaming ang krisis sa Cebu City?

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:04 PM

Imbes na tumutok sa solusyong lohikal at epektibo, mamamayan na naman ang sinisisi ng gobyernong Duterte

Cebu province's coronavirus cases top 1,000

Jun 28, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Cebu province goes from 102 to 1,054 coronavirus cases in just over a month

CEBU PROVINCE. Residents go out under general community quarantine in May. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH sends more doctors to Cebu City, but rural physicians hit 'lack of consultation'

Jun 28, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Some physicians from the Doctors to the Barrios program say the Department of Health did not consult them about their redeployment to Cebu City, adding that this would jeopardize health in far-flung areas

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City Councilor Antonio Cuenco dies of COVID-19 complications

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:23 PM

The former congressman attended his last city council session on Thursday, June 25, via Zoom

CITY COUNCILOR. Cebu City Councilor Antonio Cuenco dies of coronavirus complications. Photo from Cuenco's Facebook page

'Set aside politics' to protect Cebuano lives, says Cimatu rep

Jun 27, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda also defends Secretary Roy Cimatu against claims that he racked up a huge hotel bill during his visit to Cebu City

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Sec. Roy Cimatu hold a press conference for the COVID-19 situation in Cebu City on June 25, 2020, as barangays with high cases is set to have a lockdown. City Mayor Edgardo Labella said that quarantine passes will be issued to one per household after current quarantine passes were canceled to control residents from barangay from roaming around the city. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu's coronavirus positivity rate highest in the country, says DOH

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:35 PM

In the latest data, 33 out of every 100 persons, or one-third of those tested in Cebu, is positive for the virus

TESTING. Health workers conduct rapid antibody tests on Cebu City residents. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cimatu brings in troops as he begins battle vs coronavirus in Cebu City

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Over 90 checkpoints sprout across the city. The ex-military general inspects the most affected barangays from the sky.

STANDING GUARD. A police in fatigue uniform guards a checkpoint in Cebu City, where movement is restricted due to a lockdown. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Eastern Visayas reports first 3 coronavirus deaths in region

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:09 AM

Eastern Visayas regional health department says all deaths were returning residents and had underlying conditions

DISINFECTION. Residents of Tacloban City walk through disinfection tent. Photo from Tacloban City's Facebook page

[PODCAST] Cebu City: Ang bagong coronavirus hot spot

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Bakit tumaas ang bilang ng mga kumpirmadong kaso ng coronavirus sa Cebu City at kalapit na mga bayan?

Cimatu orders 12 Cebu City barangays under total lockdown

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The barangays under lockdown reported the highest number of infections in the city

LOCKDOWN. 12 barangays in Cebu City are placed under total lockdown. Police guards checkpoint in Cebu City. Photo by Alex Badayos/AFP

SAF troopers, more soldiers to enforce Cebu City lockdown

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The national government is sending the police's elite Special Action Force to help implement an 'extreme lockdown' in Cebu City, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

Members of PNP Special Action Force assigned as augmentation force for Cebu ECQ, queue up for COVID-19 rapid test before boarding the BRP Gabriela Silang at Pier 15 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

‘Fowl play’? Where are Cebu City’s ‘missing’ 17,000 chickens?

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:28 PM

A Cebu City councilor calls for an investigation into how donated chickens were allegedly given to city hall and barangay employees and resold instead of being distributed to residents

MISSING CHICKENS? Cebu City Council Session gets heated over accusations of missing chickens. Photo from shutterstock

Ormoc, Cebu province among emerging coronavirus hotspots, says DOH

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:19 PM

All emerging coronavirus hotspots are provinces in the Visayas. Eastern Visayas health officials fear health systems may be overwhelmed if the trend continues.

ISOLATION FACILITIES. Workers disinfect isolation facilities in Ormoc. Photo from City of Ormoc's Facebook page

Netizens slam Cebu governor for shaming critics of steam inhalation

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's tirades against critics of steam inhalation, which she is advocating, lands the hashtag #NoToDoctorShaming on Twitter's top Philippine trends

Cebu Pacific to lay off more employees

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:55 PM

It is still unclear how many more Cebu Pacific employees will lose their jobs, but the layoffs will be 'across functions, roles, and departments'

'DOWNSIZING'. The first of 32 A321neo aircraft ordered by Cebu Pacific takes off from Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Cebu Pacific

Cebu province memo encourages employees to practice steam inhalation vs COVID-19

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:30 PM

While it is not mandatory, the provincial memo has reaped criticism online for making a non-medically approved practice a part of the local government's policy

Central Visayas police cancel all Cebu City quarantine passes

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:18 PM

(UPDATED) The cancellation of the city's quarantine passes is effective 10 pm, Tuesday, June 23

LOCKDOWN. Police enforce strict lockdown on the border of Cebu City and Talisay City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Central Visayas' critical care capacity in 'warning zone,' says DOH

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'We need to monitor closely the critical care capacity in Region 7,' says the Department of Health

STRICTER QUARANTINE. Vehicles from Mandaue City encounter heavy traffic in a quarantine checkpoint as they enter Cebu City that is now under ECQ due to rise of COVID-19 cases until June 30, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DENR chief Roy Cimatu to oversee Cebu City's COVID-19 response

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:59 AM

Cebu City currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country at 4,449

VISAYAS IMPLEMENTER. Environment Secretary now Visayas implementer of COVID-19 response. Robinson Niñal Jr./Presidential photo

Cebu's 'Bakasi King' dies at 72

Jun 22, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Florencio ‘Entoy’ Escabas, the Cordovanhon founder of Entoy’s Bakasihan, suffered from acute coronary syndrome

CULINARY HERO. Florencio 'Entoy' Escabas was among Cebu's culinary heroes featured in the Netflix documentary, 'Street Food.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Cebu City reports 930 new coronavirus cases on first week back on lockdown

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The city also reports 44 deaths in one week, more than half of the 81 total deaths

TESTING. A Cebu City resident gets tested for coronavirus antibodies. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu med techs yet to receive pay for govt rapid test program

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:02 PM

(UPDATED) Out of 93 medical technologists, who conducted rapid tests last May in 3 cities in Cebu, only the 24 tapped by Lapu-Lapu City received their stipend

FRONTLINERS: Med Tech volunteers in their PPE suits, preparing to test residents in Barangay Basak Pardo. Photo courtesy of Renz Yu

PH reports 578 fresh cases of coronavirus, the most in a single day

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:10 PM

DOH says with the record number of fresh cases, the total of infections reported on Saturday was 943. Half of these confirmed cases, or 448, come from Central Visayas.

HIGHEST FRESH CASES. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

National task force to 'evaluate' Cebu City's COVID-19 response

Jun 20, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The national government is also considering tapping a 'Visayas deputy implementer' to oversee the region's coronavirus efforts

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 Normal University suspends subdomain after anonymous website hack

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:37 PM

The Cebu Normal University has informed the National Privacy Commission about the recent cyberattack

HACK. The Cebu Normal University reports a recent cyberattack targeting a subdomain of the university website. Photo from the Cebu Normal University's Facebook page

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran sues Mayor Edgar Labella, cops for rights violations

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Bambi Beltran files complaints against the Cebu City mayor, the Central Visayas police chief, and several Cebu cops for arresting her without a warrant and violating her rights while in their custody

COUNTERSUE. Maria Victoria 'Bambi' Beltran will file charges against Mayor Edgar Labella, who is suing her for a Facebook post. Photos from Cebu City Public Information Office and Bambi Beltran's Facebook page

PH coronavirus cases breach 28,000

Jun 19, 2020 - 4:32 PM

The total coronavirus cases in the country reach 28,459, as the health department reports 661 new cases

INCREASING CASES. Coronavirus cases in Central Visayas continue to increase. File photo by Gelo Litonjuan/Rappler

Locsin apologizes to U.K. for British man's death in Cebu City hospital

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the British man waited some 8 hours in an ambulance at the Chong Hua Fuente hospital before dying of cardiac arrest

CASES RISE. Commuters in the road in Cebu City on June 1, 2020. Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu doctors urge local governments 'not to downplay virus'

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:03 PM

The statement comes amid a surge of new cases in Cebu City and the reimposition of a lockdown

SURVIVOR. Recovered patient leaves Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler