Metro Cebu - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Metro Cebu


Axed Cebu water execs to push through with case vs Labella

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:07 PM

While the Metro Cebu Water District withdrew as a complainant against Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella, the 3 executives fired remain plaintiffs

WATER WOES.Axed executives of the Metro Cebu Water District are pushing through with their case filed agains the Cebu City mayor. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office

National HIV Testing Day: Where you can get tested in Metro Cebu

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Several sites across Metro Cebu are providing free HIV testing on Saturday, November 23

This 5-year-old boy is a master of Metro Cebu jeepney codes

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) Need to know what jeepneys to ride to reach your destination in Metro Cebu? This 5-year-old probably knows the answer.

ROUTES. Jeepneys in Cebu are usually identified by their route codes posted in the front and back of the vehicles. Øyvind Holmstad/Wikimedia Commons

October 16 transport strike fails to cripple Cebu

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Instead of blocking the road and asking drivers to join the rally, Piston sets up protest centers in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu

JEEPNEYS NOT BLOCKED. Piston holds a mini rally in downtown Cebu City on Monday, October 16, 2017, to protest the government’s proposed jeepney modernization program. Photo by Gelo Litnojua/Rappler

Cebu to deploy special busses during October 16-17 transport strike

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The LTFRB in Central Visayas says it will give special permits to these busses, which will charge P10 to convey stranded passengers during the jeepney strike

STRIKE. Piston Cebu says it does not intend to cripple the transportation system of Metro Cebu on October 16-17, 2017. Photo from Cebu Traffic Updates Facebook page

Roberto Aboitiz dies at 67

Apr 13, 2017 - 5:31 PM

He had served as president of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated since 1986 and co chaired the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board

PASSED AWAY. Roberto Eduardo 'Bobby' M. Aboitiz was 67. Photo from Aboitiz group

Megawide consortium to propose cable cars to ease Cebu traffic

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The development of a cable car system will only take 12 to 14 months as it has less infrastructure requirements like right of way says an official of the consortium

NEW WAY TO COMMUTE? The Cebu airport operator plans to propose using cable cars to ease Cebu traffic. Cable cars photo from Wikimedia

House panel approves bill on emergency powers vs traffic

Jan 18, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Under HB 4334 the DOTr secretary would hold the emergency powers to address traffic in Metro Manila Metro Cebu and Davao City for 3 years

TRAFFIC WOES. Will HB 4334 finally be the answer to the perennial traffic problem in the country? Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Emergency powers bill vs NCR, Metro Cebu traffic advances in Senate

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:27 PM

The bill covers land air and sea traffic as well as provinces near Metro Manila

Emergency powers to keep Cebu traffic from reaching NCR levels

Oct 08, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Even if the traffic here is still not as bad as Metro Manila we will still push for emergency powers to stop Cebu from getting to that level says Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento

Hour-long heavy rain causes flooding in Cebu

Jul 02, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Today s floods come less than 24 hours after a heavy downpour hit Metro Cebu on Friday July 1 causing massive flooding and gridlock across the city

67 areas in Metro Cebu face water disruption

Apr 20, 2016 - 12:12 AM

This is up from the 44 areas previously announced

#NoWater: Cebu homes run dry

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:52 PM

A state of calamity has been declared in both the city and province

Image courtesy Paulo Andrade / Rappler

Cebu City gov't, private sector meet to address water shortage

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:39 PM

Attendees of the emergency meeting include representatives from the MCWD SM Malls Gaisano Country Mall and Castle Peak Hotel and the National Irrigation Administration among others

COLLABORATION. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama invites residents and representatives from the private sector to collaborate in addressing the city's water shortage. Photo by Kent Pepito/

Over 1M jobs in Metro Cebu by 2050 under roadmap – JICA study

Nov 03, 2015 - 6:19 PM

The full implementation of the Metro Cebu Roadmap is also expected to grow the area s gross domestic product GDP per capita to more than 20 000 by 2050 almost the same level as South Korea in 2010 according to a JICA study

METRO CEBU ROADMAP. “We hope that the Philippine government will approve the roadmap in the same way that they supported the Infrastructure Roadmap for Mega Manila,” JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines Noriaki Niwa says. Image from Shutterstock

COA orders 28 gov't firms to return P626M in illegal allowances

Nov 02, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The top 3 offenders in COA s list are the Philippine Economic Zone Authority Duty Free Philippines Corporation and Metro Cebu Water District

Minimum wage in parts of Metro Cebu up by P13

Sep 25, 2015 - 9:21 AM

The order covers minimum wage earners in the private sector in 6 cities and 6 towns in Cebu

JOBS FAIR. Applicants find jobs that match their skills. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Tommy Osmeña's birthday message to Cebu: 'Think of your future'

Jul 26, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Is the former mayor eyeing his old seat again?

Philippine Accessible Deaf Services partners with JCI Metro Cebu Uptown

Jul 19, 2015 - 6:43 PM

Press release: Two groups partner together to create a livelihood project for persons with disability

Cebu BRT project: 28,000 seedlings to replace cut trees

Jun 21, 2015 - 4:33 PM

To implement the Metro Cebu Bus Rapid Transit Project its proponents need to plant 28 000 seedlings to replace the 2 000 trees which need to be cut from the proposed busways

STOPS. A bus station will be constructed near the Fuente Osmena Park for Cebu's first mass transport system, the Bus Rapid Transit expected to be operational by 2018. Photo by Dale G. Israel/

COA hits Cebu water provider over P90M 'illegal' perks

May 29, 2015 - 9:36 AM

According to state auditors Metro Cebu Water District employees gave themselves illegal allowances bonuses and other incentives

Cebu water district won't return P53M disallowed bonuses yet

May 08, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Metro Cebu Water District will ask the Commission on Audit to reconsider its decision that the bonuses given to MCWD officials and employees were not legal

Metro Cebu roads closed for Sinulog parade

Apr 28, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Activities for the 450th founding anniversary of the Basilica del Santo Niño including a Sinulog parade will occupy some roads starting 3 pm April 28

Cebu assured of water supply despite El Niño

Mar 18, 2015 - 11:34 AM

The Metro Cebu Water District says it has reserves which can last until July this year or at the expected end of the El Niño phenomenon

Zalora opening 4 new hubs outside NCR by end-2015

Mar 17, 2015 - 8:12 PM

E Commerce market outside Metro Manila is booming driven by cash on delivery and affordable smartphones the online shopping retailer says

Spurred by demand, Zalora is expanding its regional delivery hubs.

Metro Cebu eyes MMDA-like agency to deal with traffic

Mar 14, 2015 - 8:00 AM

House Bill 5556 seeks to create the Metro Cebu Traffic Management Authority which will be co chaired by a presidential appointee the governor of Cebu and the mayor of Cebu City

Planned Cebu dam to avert potential water crisis in 2020

Feb 06, 2015 - 10:38 AM

The Japan International Cooperation Agency says at least 500 families need to be relocated from the Mananga watershed to give way to a new dam in the area

CEBU BUS RAPID TRANSIT LOAN SIGNED. Cebu City is a prime location for the BRT system, as it is governed by a single local government unit supportive of the project and has high Public Utility Jeep (PUJ) dominance with no significant bus presence. Photo from EPA

How to #EndPoverty? Develop state universities

Oct 02, 2014 - 5:28 PM

In the Philippines about 200 higher education institutions already offer programs on entrepreneurship

POWER OF EDUCATION. Senator Pia Cayetano, CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, and TESDA Director-General Joel Villanueva talk about why social entrepreneurship also involves the young. Photos by Linh Do/Gawad Kalinga

Japanese technology helps keep water clean in Yolanda-hit areas

Jan 08, 2014 - 5:40 PM

The water filtration technology will assist 1 400 households in Daanbantayan Cebu