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Dino eyes monorail system for Metro Cebu

By John Rey Saavedra (PNA)

CEBU CITY -- The top presidential aide for the Visayas on Thursday said he welcomes the proposal of a Davao-based firm to construct a monorail system, instead of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, for Metro Cebu.

Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, chief of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), said that monorail “is the right track in solving the traffic gridlock that we have been suffering for years now.”

“Monorail is faster to build, consumes less footprint and it has the carrying capacity for Cebu’s needs,” Dino said in a statement sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Last Tuesday, Udenna Infrastructure Corp. announced that it is considering a monorail system for Metro Cebu.

Manuel Jamonir, assistant vice president for operations and business development manager of Udenna Infrastructure, was quoted in a newspaper report as saying that using the monorail technology, the project cost will be brought down to about PHP80 billion, half of the estimated cost of an LRT system.

The firm and its foreign partner were granted original proponent status (OPS) for its proposed Cebu Rail Project under an unsolicited proposal submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) last year.

Under the OPS, the national government gives Udenna the right to match any competing offer in a Swiss challenge when the procurement process starts that entails inviting other companies to bid for the same project as mandated under the Build-Operate-Transfer Law (Republic Act 7718).

According to Dino, Cebu has been clamoring for a modern mass transport system for almost 30 years now.

The presidential assistant for the Visayas expressed his confidence that Cebu will “finally have our mass transit system,” with Udenna’s dedication to spearhead the rail technology here.

Dino said he is positive that Udenna and its foreign partners’ OPS on the project will soon be endorsed to the NEDA ICC for technical review.

“My goal is not just to reduce the burden of Cebuano commuters but to solve the horrendous traffic that we are experiencing today,” he said.

“I am glad that the private sector is bullish in investing in a massive infrastructure project that aims to solve Metro Cebu's traffic problem,” he noted.

DepEd Cebu launches integrated, gender-sensitive curriculum

By Rosalie Abatayo (/bmjo)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) in Cebu Province has launched a wholistic and gender-sensitive approach for learners.

Dubbed the Integrated Curriculum for Cebuano Learners to Engage for Better Understanding or iC-Cebu, the new learning approach looks at a more participative way in teaching basic education learners.

The iC-Cebu will make use of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches in teaching.

During its launching on Thursday, May 30, 2019, Cebu Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Rhea Mar Angtud said they will be training master teachers in the province to implement the iC-Cebu in teaching subject areas in basic education.

“In teaching the subject areas [through multidisciplinary approach], there is a theme and the discussions will revolve on a theme; then [for the interdisciplinary], there are skills that will be taught that can be applied in all the subject areas so that learning will be facilitated,” Angtud said.

The transdisciplinary approach in iC-Cebu will focus on a project-based learning approach, where students will be given more explorative and participative opportunities.

Being gender-sensitive, Angtud said iC-Cebu also looks at giving equal opportunities for male and female students in all learning areas as well as erasing stereotypes among students.

“Tanan opportunities, ma-babayi o ma-lalaki, matagaan. Wagtangon pod nato ang hunahuna nga Math gani lalaki ra ang maayo ana unya English, babayi ra ang maayo,” Angtud added. /bmjo

(All will be given opportunities, weather to a girl or to a boy. We want to remove the impression like boys are good in math and girls are good in english.)

MCIAA to finish improvement by June 6


THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) expects work to improve the taxiway to be completed next week.

For an hour and a half before dawn, the MCIAA has been closing the runway since March 25, 2019 for the taxiway rehabilitation. No international flights are affected.

MCIAA assistant general manager Glenn Napuli said they want to finish the work by June 6, and general manager Steve Dicdican is personally overseeing progress.

He said that while they want to speed up the project, they also do not want to compromise quality. Dicdican meets the contractors before the start of work every evening and again in an assessment meeting in the morning.

“We have to close the airport from 1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. because of this P340-million project. But no international flights are affected because the closure is by segment,” Napuli said.

Duros Construction is doing overlaying work on Segment 1. Succour Construction is overlaying Segment 2. Evercon Construction is working on the lighting of both sides and the middle portion of the taxiway.

“If the overlaying is on Segment 1, then Segments 2 and 3 are open,” said MCIAA public affairs manager Mary Ann Dimabayao.

The lighting of the taxiway is to guide the aircraft during night time and rainy days when visibility is an issue.

They use LED lights to reduce power consumption and make it an environment-friendly airport.

Cebu gov't, private entities mark start of National Flag Days

By John Rey Saavedra (PNA)

CEBU CITY -- Government offices and private establishments in Cebu started Tuesday the 15-day National Flag Days with the simultaneous raising of the Philippine flag and singing of the national anthem.

At the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, military officers and enlisted men, led by their chief of the unified command staff, Col. Vincent Iringan, honored the flag with an early morning military ceremony in front of the Lapu-Lapu monument in Camp Lapu-Lapu here.

Lt. Gen. Noel S. Clement, Centcom commander, in his message read by Iringan, reminded the importance of displaying the flag from May 28 up to Independence Day on June 12.

This year’s celebration is dubbed as “Stop and Salute,” a message sent by Centcom information officer, Maj. Abel Potutan said.

“Ipagdiriwang natin ang national flag day sa pagtataas ng ating watawat, at ang permanenteng paglalantad ng pambansang simbolo na ito simula sa Mayo 28 hanggang sa Hunyo 12 sa lahat ng tanggapan at ahensiya nga gobyerno (Let us celebrate the National Flag Days by raising our flag and permanently displaying it as our nation’s symbol, starting May 28 until June 12 in all offices and agencies of government),” Clement said in a message.

“Let us salute and honor our flag as a sign of patriotism and love of our country,” he added.

The members of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), headed by acting chief Lt. Col. Lorenzo Batuan, have joined city officials and employees in the flag-raising ceremony in Plaza Sugbu, in front of the Cebu City Hall.

City Councilor Margot Osmeña, wife of Mayor Tomas Osmeña, led the officials, employees in the ceremony.

“As I said earlier, hinaot lang unta makahibalo ta nga kining heritage (area) sa atong siyudad, di na kinahanglan mangita ta og mga site for heritage ug culture kay dire lang sa (I wish that the people would know that we have heritage area in the city that we don’t need to look for another site for heritage and culture as they can be found in Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro, and Malacañang sa Sugbu, these are all heritage area,” Osmeña said in a radio interview.

Also on Tuesday, the city government opened its first Cebu City Heritage Week, showcasing Cebuano culture and heritage which can be found at this city’s downtown district.

The Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CHAC) of the city government here has prepared a line-up of activities from May 28 to May 31, which includes native games, stories of myths and fables, tartanilla rides, museum visits and heritage talks, said its officer, Bryner Diaz.

Under City Ordinance 2327 declared the last Friday of May as “Gabii sa Kabilin” or Night of Heritage. Ordinance 2474 amended the said ordinance and declared the last week of May as Cebu City Heritage Week.

As private establishments here openly displayed the Philippine flag in various sizes, the Oakridge Business Park in Mandaue had a unique celebration of the opening of the National Flag Days.

Edmun Liu, chief executive officer of Oakride Realty Development Corp. was quoted in a radio report as saying that more than 300 employees, partners, and tenants of Oakridge gathered at the park yard to wave national flags, to mark the observance of the 15-day period of honoring the country's heraldic symbol.

Capt. Joselito Marquez, chief of the CCPO’s Tourist Police, said their office has prepared a deployment plan to secure local and foreign tourists who are visiting the heritage area in this city’s downtown district.

Biggest tapioca dessert served in first Cebu Mangoes Festival

By Immae Lachica (/celr)

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Philippines — Cebu has outdone itself one more time as it showcased the making of the “biggest mango sago (tapioca) dessert in the world” on Sunday, May 26, at the Mactan Newtown.

The country’s biggest serving of mango sago was unveiled during the first Cebu Mangoes Festival.

It was made by Chef Richard Hao along with culinary students of the University of San Jose Recoletos.

Chef Hao said almost 300 kilos of mangoes, 50 liters of milk with sugar and 30 kilos of sago to make the mango sago.

The mango sago mixture has a combined weight of 200 kilos.

It took Chef Hao and the students five hours to finish making the mango sago, which was shared to everyone who participated in the festival.

Noli D. Hernandez, president of Megaworld Cebu Inc., said that all the mangoes used during the event, especially the ones used in making the mango sago, were freshly picked from the mango trees in Mactan Newtown.

Hernandez said mango sago was a hit to the festival participants and showcases one of the best products that Cebu can offer.

Cebu’s heritage churches


FIVE heritage churches in southern Cebu have been introduced to cultural heritage practitioners from around the country as examples of church cultural preservation.

These are the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Carcar City, Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Sibonga, San Guillermo Parish in Dalaguete, Patrocinio de Maria Parish in Boljoon and the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel in Argao.

A one-day tour of these centuries-old churches, all located in the southeastern towns of Cebu, was made part of the 11th Biennial National Convention of Church Cultural Heritage Practitioners held in Cebu City on May 6-9, 2019.

About 150-200 members of the clergy and the laity, tourism officers, architects, engineers and other cultural heritage practitioners from different dioceses in the country joined the convention held at Cebu Parklane International Hotel.

Discussions focused on the use of technology to preserve heritage churches and on the right people to handle the preservation or rehabilitation work.


The thick foundations and walls of heritage churches have helped preserved them. Roofs, floorings, doors and altars have been replaced and extensions have been built over the years.

This is why their current architecture style can best be described as hybrid, not pure baroque or pure neo-classical.

The earthquake in October 2013 damaged parts of the heritage churches. The damaged parts have since been fixed.

Preservation handling

Established architects and heritage conservationists Omar Maxwell Espina and Melva Java, speakers at the convention, pointed out the importance of documentation in repairs and hiring the right people to do the repair work.

Espina, speaking during the tour at the Carcar church, said it’s good to take pictures of the church because the “before” photos can guide the restorer on how to fix the damaged part by knowing how the original looked.

Java, speaking at Parklane Hotel, said the contractor and his crew that have been commissioned to repair heritage churches should be trained on conservation and even appreciation of cultural heritage.

Common to almost all the five heritage churches mentioned are the presence of wooden choir lofts, side pulpits, ceiling murals, high ceilings and pipe organs.

New technology

On the use of modern technology in restoration of heritage churches, the use of 3D laser scanning and digital heritage recording was presented by Manila-based Digiscript Philippines Inc.

3D laser scanning for heritage conservation is accurate and objective. It provides a large volume of measuremement data, Conrad Alampay of Digiscript said during the Sibonga church tour.

The technology is expensive, but it makes work faster and easier, Alampay said.

During the May 8 tour, the five heritage churches received quick response (QR) markers from Smart Communications and InnoPub.

Using its mobile app, the QR code allows the user instant information about the church such as its history and some trivia of it.

Swim, dive, party in Moalboal

By Immae Lachica (/celr)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — It’s the weekend and you’re yearning to go out of the house for a well-deserved break.

The first thing that comes to mind when you leave in often-sunny Cebu?

The beach!

And when it comes to beach fun, one destination comes to mind — Moalboal!

The town of Moalboal, located 89 kilometers from Cebu City or a three-hour drive from the city center, is home and haven for divers, adventure seekers and beachgoers.

From good food that will put you in good mood to the best water activities consisting of free diving, scuba diving, and snorkelling… Moalboal never runs out of fun and exciting things to do for the ones who just want a simple and laidback lifestyle in the company of the sand, sea and sun.

In fact, Jackson Grooves, an Australian travel blogger, fell involve with Moalboal that he decided to live in the southern Cebu town and has since called Moalboal his home for two years now.

Grooves, who maintains, even wrote a full entry in his blog entitled “The Digital Nomad Guide to Moalboal, Cebu in the Philippines.”

In this entry, he wrote about the basics on what a digital nomad needs to know when in Moalboal; from accommodation and transport to Wi-Fi connection and night life.

In an interview with CDN Digital, Grooves says he chose Moalboal because he wanted a place where “there’s good adventure and beach nearby so he can have good lifestyle and good life quality.”

Grooves said he can just visit waterfalls and climb peaks by motorbikes, which is an added thrill and excitement to island life.

Of course, as a digital nomad, internet connection is a requirement which Moalboal provides.

“I wanted access to an international airport but I didn’t wanna live in a city because it is too crazy for me. Moalboal has a LTE connection and some places with Wi-Fi. I wanted somewhere where there’s good adventure and beach nearby so I can have good lifestyle and life quality,” says Grooves.

If a foreigner like Grooves has called Moalboal home, then there’s no reason why you should not visit the town even for just a day.

So what can you REALLY do in Moalboal? Here are some suggestions:

Island hopping

Pescador and Turtle islands are the two most famous islands in Moalboal because of their rich marine biodiversity that enthrals even the most experienced divers. Do not forget to bring your gears or at rent some equipment. It’s a mortal sin to miss the chance to see the beautiful world down there.

Good food

Food shacks and restaurants are everywhere in Moalboal! Fruit bowls and fruit shakes; grilled meat and seafood; hearty soup and refreshing ships… there is no shortage of good food and drinks in Moalboal. Just find your spot and eat and drink to your heart’s content.

Night life

Moalboal is also a place to enjoy the night life with good music and positive vibes best celebrated with cold bottles of beer. Dance to reggae music and enjoy the night away from the crazy, busy streets of the city. Check out the party places on Panagsama Beach and you’ll be glad you took the break!

White sand beach

You will be committing a big mistake if you don’t swim when you’re in town! Basdaku is the perfect destination for those who would just want to bask under the heat of the sun and listen to the crashing sound of the waves. This beach area is also the venue for sporting activities like beach volleyball, beach soccer and frisbee so do check out social media posts for any before heading to Moalboal.

Diving spots

We’re not done yet with the beauty of Moalboal because it’s diving spots are truly worth the visit. The sardine run is the most talked about sign among divers who visit Moalboal. It can be witnessed all year round so it’s a definite must-do when you visit Cebu. Of course, Cebu was not dubbed as the center of the center of marine biodiversity without its rich underwater world so go ahead and take the plunge.

Truly, Moalboal is the one-stop town for all your de-stressing needs so on the next weeked, pack your day bag and head down to the Cebu South Bus Terminal and hop on that bus that will take you to the not-so-hidden paradise called Moalboal.

‘Cebu Mangoes Festival’ – a celebration of Cebu’s pride


If there’s one thing that will forever endear anyone who has visited Cebu — besides the warm, genuine smiles of the Cebuanos, of course — it’s got to be the abundance of sweet, juicy mangoes.

A hands-down worldwide favorite, mangoes have easily become a proud trademark of Cebu, long before the recent mango craze caught on in various parts of the country.

Such has been the inspiration behind the upcoming “Cebu Mangoes Festival,” a two-day festivity that celebrates the legacy and the success of mangoes as the top produce of the Queen City of the South.

The event takes place at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City on May 25 and 26, be spearheaded by Megaworld Corporation, in partnership with the Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Office.

“We are very happy to get this cele­bration underway here in Lapu-Lapu City as we pay tribute to the mangoes of Cebu that the world has come to love. The Mactan Newtown is a very special township that plays host to more than 200 mango trees lined up along the main avenue, and it is the vision of our chairman, Dr. Andrew Tan, to showcase this vibrant aspect of the Cebu lifestyle,” shared Noli Hernandez, president of Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc.

Tourists and visitors will literally have their hands full of everything and anything mangoes the moment the festival begins.

Guests are invited to take part as the celebration kicks off with the Mango Street Dancing led by the Kadaugan Dancers on May 25, followed by the official start of the all-day mango picking activity along Newtown Boulevard inside The Mactan Newtown.

There’s also the Mango Bazaar featuring the so-called “mangopreneurs” of Cebu that will showcase a wide variety of mango-related products. Those who will take part in the festival can also look forward to enjoying a dining feast at the 500-seater Mactan Alfresco.

Moreover, the festival will host the unveiling of the world’s biggest mango sago — poised a historic first in the island

Both days will be capped off by the “MANGAmazing Concert,” which will feature live performances from Cebu’s most sought-after talent as well as a grand fireworks display.

“The Cebu Mangoes Festival is a one-of-a-kind celebration here at the Historic Resort City of Lapu-Lapu and this side of Cebu. Although the economic progress of the city has gone up by leaps and bounds, agriculture products like mangoes still thrive, and that proves how rich and diverse Cebu’s economic sector really is,” Hembler Mendoza, Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Head, noted.

The 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown of Megaworld is the country’s first “Live-Work-Play-Learn” lifestyle township with its own beachfront located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu. It is currently home to almost 10,000 BPO and office workers, as well as to Megaworld’s first school in Visayas and Mindanao, the Lasallian-supervised Newtown School of Excellence.

Trade fair, other activities to cap Farmers and Fisherfolks Month celebration

By Irene R. Sino Cruz (/dcb)

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Central Visayas ends the Farmers and Fisherfolks Month celebration by holding a trade fair and exhibit, along with other activities.

Cherry Dela Victoria, DA-7 information officer, said the trade fair dubbed as “Tabo sa DA and TienDa” will be held on May 29-31, 2019 at the regional office in Barangay Maguikay, Mandaue City.

The event will enable farmers and fisherfolks to promote locally produced agricultural products and sell these direct to the consumers without going through middlemen.

It also serves as recognition to their contribution to the economy, according to DA-7 post on its Facebook page.

Around 20 farmer associations in Central Visayas have confirmed participation in the event. These include the Rice Processing Center (RBC) in Pilar, Bohol and the Carmen Samahangnayon Multipurpose Cooperative in Carmen, Bohol.

Also, several farmers’ groups from the upland areas in Cebu City and Dalaguete, Cebu will display their vegetable produce while the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) in Sogod, Cebu will be selling fruits, fresh milk, and organic products.

Aside from the trade fair and exhibit, DA also scheduled other activities such as technical advice from agriculture experts and a seminar on urban agriculture and mushroom production.

Farmers who encounter problems in their farm such as pest and diseases of their crops and farm animals could seek advice from agriculture experts. On May 29, DA-7 will be holding a free seminar on Urban Agriculture ug Mushroom Production.

Those who are interested can call (032) 8888-022 for pre-registration since they could only accommodate 50 participants. The next day, the Cebu Provincial Veterinary Office and the Mandaue Veterinary Office will provide spay and neuter services, vaccination and deworming.

Meanwhile, DA-7 has two national winners for the following categories – the Communal Irrigation System (CIS) won by Bayawan United Farmers Irrigators Association Inc. from Bayawan City, Negros Oriental and the Small Water Impounding System Association in San Roque Irrigators Association in Talibon, Bohol.

The awarding will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

Cebu BPO sector records 19% hiring growth in Jan-May

(Business World)

THE BUSINESS process outsourcing (BPO) industry in Cebu registered a 19% hiring growth from January to May this year, according to Cebu jobs site

The BPO sector, one of Cebu’s major employment generators, is among the top industries that posted significant hiring.

Other main job generators were maritime, tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, medical, media and administration.

Mynimo President Wesley Chiongbian said most of the companies that are hiring are located in Cebu City, the provincial capital and where most regional headquarters of big companies are located.

It is followed by Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Talisay City, and Consolacion. For the entire Cebu province, hiring growth was at 16% during the five-month period.

In an earlier interview, Cebu IT BPM Organization (CIB.O) Managing Director Wilfredo Sa-a Jr. said automation and artificial intelligence (AI) had tempered the employment growth in Cebu’s BPO sector.

“The direction of the industry now is towards the non-voice sector,” Mr. Sa-a said.

As of end 2018, the Cebu BPO sector posted an employment of around 160,000. Mr. Sa-as said the industry is eyeing to grow to as much as 200,000 workers this year, but that could be lower with developments in AI and automation.

DepEd, RAFI to pilot ICT track for senior high in Cebu

By Irene R. Sino Cruz (/dcb)

CEBU CITY, Philippines -A group of incoming senior high students will be the first to join a pilot program offering information communication technology (ICT) track in the municipality of Liloan, Cebu.

Regional Director Juliet Jeruta of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Central Visayas said they will be starting the new ICT track in the school year 2019-2020 at the Don Bosco campus in Liloan, in partnership with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).

DepEd-7 entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) extending its Adopt-A-School program with Don Bosco Liloan in September last year.

This MOA also included a partnership with RAFI for the construction of a school building within the Don Bosco Liloan campus for the additional Senior High School ICT track. The school offers two tracks – the General Academic Strand (GAS) and the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) strand.

According to Jeruta, the new school building will have 12 classrooms. The new ICT track will be open to Grade 10 students from Liloan town. Those who would like to enroll in the track would have to undergo screening since the school could only accommodate 80 students.

She disclosed that the new school building funded by RAFI would have state-of-the-art facility. The total project cost is P100 million, but the initial funding was estimated at P20 million, Jeruta told CDN Digital. DepEd would evaluate the quality of graduates produced by the school in 2021, she said.

“Our future aspiration is to bring the same track to other areas in the region,” Jeruta said.

She explained that they decided to initiate the pilot project in response to the clamor of the ICT industry for improvement in the senior high graduates’ ICT skill so they could match the skills required by the call center and business process outsourcing companies.

In a forum organized by RAFI and attended by ICT industry stakeholders, Jeruta said, they learned that the basic ICT track taught in senior high schools did not meet the industry requirement.

Meanwhile, DepED has been in collaboration and coordination with BPO companies in Cebu, through the work immersion program as part of the senior high track. Some senior high students have started earning during the work immersion phase.

Jeruta disclosed that some students of the Mabolo National High School received P12,500 in allowance from Qualfon.

She also noted that in the recent job fair held in Cebu City, 40 percent of the senior high school graduates applying for jobs have been hired on the spot.

Cebu power firm upgrades substation to meet growing demand

By John Rey Saavedra (PNA)

CEBU CITY -- The second largest electric utility in the country serving eight cities and municipalities in Metro Cebu has upgraded its northern town substation to meet the growing demand for electricity in the northern part of its franchise area.

In a statement, Visayan Electric Co., Inc. (VECO) Reputation Enhancement Department manager, Quennie Sanchez-Bronce, said its Consolacion substation that was inaugurated last May 10, is expected to meet the demand for electricity brought about by growing residential developments and the vigorous economy in the northern corridors of the metro.

The Consolacion substation was built in 1995 with an original 33 mega-volts ampere (MVA) capacity.

Assistant vice president for engineering operations of VECO, engineer Noel Modesto, said the largest utility firm in the Visayas sees “the need to improve, rehabilitate and upgrade the substation to a capacity of 66 MVA to improve reliability and flexibility to better serve its customers in the municipalities of Consolacion and Lilo-an.”

Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, in her speech during the inauguration, thanked VECO for keeping up with the demands of the municipality’s growing economy.

“We in Consolacion consider VECO as a partner in growth and development and we are very thankful that VECO readily answers the call of the times,” Alegado said.

“In fact, VECO is several steps ahead. Seeing that Consolacion is growing rapidly, you are also preparing your facilities to meet the demands,” she said, noting that the townsfolk “look forward to working with you more and we assure you that we will always be hand in hand in the development of Consolacion.”

A substation is a set of equipment, which transforms voltage from high to low so it would become suitable for supply to the consumers, the statement read, adding that VECO has 19 substations.

The company started the rehabilitation works at the Consolacion substation in October 2017 and upgraded its capacity in August 2018.

The upgrading of the Consolacion substation is also in preparation for the upcoming rehabilitation of the nearby Paknaan (Mandaue) substation, in June with commissioning targeted by 2020.

Rehabilitation and upgrading works for the Calamba substation in this city into 66 MVA is ongoing and is expected to be completed this year.

VECO, owned and managed by the publicly-listed Aboitiz Power Corp. and Vivant Corp., serves the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, and Naga, and four municipalities of the greater part of Metro Cebu --Liloan, Consolacion, Minglanilla, and San Fernando.

Royal Air Philippines launches Cebu hub, boosts Central Visayas operations

By Jessica Fenol (ABS-CBN News)

MANILA - One of the country's youngest carrier Royal Air Philippines on Friday launched its Cebu hub along with 5 new routes to and from Central Visayas.

Starting May 20, passengers can book flights from Cebu to Manila, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Caticlan, and Cagayan De Oro and vice versa with tickets ranging from P1,000 to P6,000.

Royal Air, which started as a chartered carrier in 2002, forayed into commercial operations in December 2018 and is currently offering flights to Caticlan and Puerto Princesa from Clark.

It currently has 3 97-seater British Aerospace (BAe) AVRO 146 RJ-100 with at least 3 subleased Airbus A319 arriving in the next few months, CEO Ed Novillas said.

"Royal Air is serious in expanding our market reach across the Southern region," he said.

Novillas said the expansion would double its manpower to 140 from the current 77 by the end of July.

Royal Air also positioned itself as a boutique airline by selling "the best experience" with reasonable prices.

A quick search on their website showed one-way tickets to Caticlan from Clark for the month of July at just P1,500.

Passengers get 10 kilograms free check-in allowance on top of the 7kg hand carry items. It won't be selling "cup noodles" and cheap items on board, said Novillas.

"The challenge is we have to let people know who we are. We are not a legacy airline. We are also not a low cost carrier," he said.

It partnered with Singapore-based firm Sapphire for inflight entertainment platform containing premium contents such as movies, music and games for free.

The airline is owned by former travel agents who are expert in chartering Chinese tourists in the region, Novillas said, declining to disclose more information. Its chartered flights currently sustains the business, he said.

"We know in the commercial operations it takes a while to be noticed by people. In the airline business its hard to make money in a year. So we're banking in the charters in the evening or red-eye flights to fuel the operations," Novillas said.

The company currently charters Chinese tourists for the Lallo, Cagayan-Macau, Kalibo-Macau and Taipei-Kalibo routes, among others, Novillas said.

Royal Air is planning to operate flights to San Vincente, Palawan potentially by the end of the year, Novillas said. It currently operates daily Clark-Caticlan and Clark-Puerto Princesa flights.

Celebrating Cebu’s mangoes


TO ATTRACT both local and foreign tourists to celebrate the famous mangoes of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City will be holding the first Cebu Mangoes Festival on May 25 and 26.

“We will showcase it with other favorites like sikwate, puto and budbod,” said Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer Hembler Mendoza.

Mendoza said the festival is also strategic because of the location’s proximity to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which is a 10-minute drive from the venue.

The festival will be held at the Mactan Newtown, where 10,000 kilos of mangoes are expected to be harvested for the event from 248 mango trees inside the 30-hectare township.

Noli Hernandez, president of Megaworld Cebu Properties Inc., said the planting of mango trees was included and a priority in their masterplan.

“The Mactan Newtown is a very special township that plays host to more than 200 mango trees lined up along the main avenue, and it is the vision of our chairman, Dr. Andrew Tan, to showcase this vibrant aspect of Cebu. That is the reason why we find it fitting to celebrate Cebu mangoes here,” he said.

The trees will also be preserved as part of the township’s identity and celebration of the community’s own product that symbolizes the diversity of Cebu’s booming economy, he said.

Hernandez said mangoes will be sold at P80 to P100 per kilo.

Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, vice president and head of marketing of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, said the festival will also highlight another side of Lapu-Lapu City, aside from its booming commercial and industrial industries.

“Different entrepreneurs will be selling mangoes, which also includes different varieties. And also products that have mangoes. Not only edible ones but also those that you can put on your skin, and others,” she said.

This will be showcased at the Mango Bazaar where a variety of mango-related products will be displayed.

DTI-Cebu launches Kapatid Mentor ME Batch 6

By Irene R. Sino Cruz (/dcb)

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Another group of budding entrepreneurs in Cebu will undergo a series of training under the “Kapatid Mentor Micro-Enterprise” (KMME) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The DTI Cebu provincial office launched on Thursday the sixth batch for KMME, which has 25 mentees. The mentees have to commit that they will participate in 10 weekly training sessions on different modules.

The KMME aims to produce confident entrepreneurs with the right mindset and basic management skills which will enable them to sustain and scale up their enterprises.

The program has two major objectives. First, it aims to help micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) develop a good business sense by capacitating them through the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

Second, it provides assistance to the MSMEs in scaling up and sustaining their operations by equipping them with the needed skill sets in the course of theoretical and conceptual discussions and lectures as well as mentoring and coaching sessions.

The training started Thursday with two modules.

Module 1 focused on entrepreneurial mind-setting and values deepening discussed by GT Cosmetics Manufacturing Inc. chief operating officer Leonora Salvane and Kevio Skinceuticals chief executive officer Mark Philip Geniston.

Module 2 on marketing was tackled by Eduardo Roberto, co-founder of Salt and Light Ventures Inc.

The other modules are Product Development and Innovation/market growth and expansion; business model canvas; operations management; supply and value chain; human resource and organization management; entrepreneurial accounting and financial management; taxation/ business laws; tapping government programs and services to grow your business and business improvement plan presentation.

The KMME program is organized by DTI and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-GoNegosyo and taps top caliber, highly respected entrepreneurship mentors/coaches certified by PCE-Go Negosyo.

PADS eyes Sports and Social Center in Cebu

By Immae Lachica (/END)

Cebu City, Philippines—A home for the athletes of the Philippine Accessible Disability Service, Inc (PADS) will soon rise in Cebu in December 2020.

The soon to be PADS Adaptive Sports and Social Center will be situated in Barangay Umapad, Mandaue City.

Jp Ecarma Maunes, PADS Executive Director, said that the construction of the facility will start as soon as they have the enough funds.

“We encourage our stake holders, the LGU and donors to help us make this dream a reality for the persons with disabilities in our community,” he said. “We want to activate the community to take full ownership of the advocacy and share the vision of PADS towards a disability-inclusive Filipino society.”

Maunes told Cebu Daily News Digital the Sports and Social Center will not just serve as their home, but also a training ground for persons with disabilities.

“We want to provide an avenue for persons with disabilities to engage in sports and recreational rehabilitation activities and for the public to get to know more about community based rehabilitation” said Maunes.

The sports and social center is a two-storey building with a huge space for outdoor training. There will also be a space for all their sports equipment, a gym, a canteen, a lecture room and a meeting area.

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