The BRT system has been approved by the national government through National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and bidding will take place in the second quarter of 2015 for potential contractors responsible for building the system.
The estimated cost of construction is P10.618-billion.
The Transportation Department said it is ready to bid out the P10.618-billion Cebu bus rapid transit system in the second quarter of 2015, after the mass transit project received the green light from the National Economic and Development Authority last week.
Cebu BRT, a project supported by the World Bank, involves the development of a dedicated bus way in Cebu that will serve over 330,000 passengers daily once it starts operations in 2015.
“We are pleased that we can now proceed with these projects. They will modernize our country’s transportation systems, and boost traveling convenience, safety, and efficiency for the people. Our hard work today will pay off tomorrow, which is why we now have to make sure that they will be bid out, awarded, and implemented at the soonest possible time,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said over the weekend.
The proposed project in Cebu will be the first BRT system in the Philippines. It will run on a 23-kilometer corridor with 33 stations where 176 high-quality buses will be deployed through dedicated and exclusive bus-ways from Bulacao to Talamban, with a link to Cebu’s South Road Property.
The Transportation Department said a detailed engineering design was currently being prepared for Cebu BRT. It said bidding for construction would start in the second quarter next year.
The second phase involves the supervision of the transit way and the supporting infrastructure during the construction.
The BRT system, which has been successful in other parts of the world, entails a segregated lane for buses, controlled dispatching, priority in stoplight signaling, fixed stops and various technical components. Buses run on fixed schedules, providing riders with greater reliability, efficiency and convenience.
Cebu BRT will be patterned after the BRT systems in Bogota in Colombia, Curitiba in Brazil, Seoul in South Korea and Guangzhou in China.
Another project approved by Neda last week was the P4.107-billion Busuanga airport to support the booming tourism industry in Palawan. The Transportation Department said it would first bid out the detailed engineering and design component of the project in the third quarter, then the construction component in second quarter next year.
The other project was Light Rail Transit Line 2 operations and maintenance, a public-private partnership project for the 10- to 15-year concession to operate and maintain the LRT-2 system. It will include the current 13.8-kilometer line from Recto to Santolan, as well as the 4.19-kilometer extension to Masinag in Rizal.
The project is expected to result in higher performance standards, improving train availability and punctuality. It will also ensure better system preservation covering the tracks, train coaches and other facilities.
Sunstar Daily also has its report.
If you happen to see this man around Cebu City, then be aware. According to a certain Edwin San Nicolas in his Facebook post, this man was caught inside their property in Mabolo. Although, the suspect didn’t get anything, but he was still arrested for “trespassing”.
Edwin San Nicolas full post:
This guy/stranger was caught inside our property where our house is (still under construction) and went inside my neighbor’s property climbing the low fence in between. He was seen by my neighbor and went back to our area and was caught there. This happened last Saturday night at around 10. His alibi: he wanted to wash his feet! …at 10pm and there is a faucet near our entrance gate, go figure.
Anyway, he was detained at Mabolo Police station Saturday night until this morning for trespassing. He was caught with nothing from either my area or my neighbr’s. I was not there when this happened. This morning, I went to the police station to see this guy. I didnt believe a single excuse he made but decided not to press charges. The 2-night stay in that stinky cell with other guys for me was enough punishment for him. He had to be detained since Nobody can process his release on a weekend. I had him released with a stern warning not to set foot in our neighborhood.
Remember this face people just incase this guy will create trouble in your area. His name is Jundril Jemenez. I dont even think its his real name since he didnt have any identification docs with him. He said he is going back home to Kawit, Bantayan since he only came to Cebu to look for a job and found non…one of his alibis. I gave him some money so he can go home…hoping he will indeed go home. I still believe this guy was lucky enough…a hollowpoint load could have been discharged if things happend differently…God forbid, because i would not hesitate…
Congratulations to Jamie Herrell who is now the newly crowned Miss Philippines-Earth 2014!
Herrel was also the winner of Sinulog Festival Queen last year, and the second Cebuano to have won Miss-Philippines Earth.
The 19 year old beauty also got the Best in Cultural Attire, Best in Swimsuit, and Miss Solaire 2014.
Here is an old picture of Cebu City Central School or famously known as Abellana Elementary School, or simply Abellana.
OLX is looking for a Marketing Officer for its Cebu City office.
OLX.ph, formerly Sulit.com.ph is the leading classified ads portal and most visited website in the Philippines.
Send in your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a September 2010 photo of Pier One Bar and Grill Mandaue Branch I misplaced somewhere.
This Pier One branch is located specifically in Park Mall. I have not tried this branch, but I did twice in Bonifacio High in Taguig City, Metro Manila.
When you plan of eating here, be sure to prepare 300 pesos for one person.
Pier One’s address and contact number:
168 Ouano Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue
(+63 32) 422-8686
This will the chance for the Cebuanos and from nearby cities and towns to watch the Philippine National Football Team or better known as the Azkals.
It will be the first time for the national team to play an official international friendly game besides Manila and Bacolod.
VIP tickets: P2,000
Red bleachers: P800
Blue at P400
The CFA is also planning to install 600 portable bleachers priced at P1,000.
Will you watch?
Dong Juan is a restaurant that offers affordable but very lami mostly Filipino dish.
The photo below is their Guadalupe branch.
This is their business hours, but I only got this from their Facebook page.
Mon: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wed: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
For more information and orders you can call them with this number: (032) 256-1796.
Wow, SM City Cebu! My favorite all-time tambayan, suroyanan, hideaway. This is one of the reasons why I flunked some of my subjects in school! Haha, okay enough with the blame game.
At the vehicle entrance, in the jeepney parking area.
SM City Cebu opened in November of 1993. After its opening,other malls such as Gaisano Country Mall and other older department stores in Colon had lost its popularity amongst Cebuanos.
At the topmost floor.
SM City Cebu is the first SM mall branch outside of Metro Manila.
Overlooking at the ground floor or basement.
Currently, the fourth largest mall in the Philippines.
Going up to the top floor.
At the bowling center, located in the top floor.
Shot in the first level.
On the left is the spiral stairs, located in the middle of SM City.
A Manila based friend of mine in Facebook posted photos of a band, then the name of the band written on the description hit me – Franco. My memory brought me back about a decade, I remember there used to be a “grunge sound” Cebu based band whose singer’s voice I admired. It was named Frank, and the singer’s name was still vivid in my mind – Franco.
My friend obviously liked this band based on his comments on Facebook. Then I searched about the band, it gets majority of good reviews, in Youtube, most of the comments are positive.
Listen to Franco’s “Next Train Out”.
To know more about the band, visit EverythingCebu, it has a short article about Franco.