Cebu mayors calls for ban on Chinese travels


Amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan are calling for a ban on the entry of Chinese tourists in Cebu.

“I would ask the assistance of the police if health authorities would really order for their exclusion within the territorial jurisdiction of the city,” said Labella.

Chan, on one hand, urged the Department of Health to halt flights coming from China. (

The Mactan Cebu International Airport, which caters to flights from China, is located in Lapu-Lapu City.

“We’re calling on the Department of Health to consider banning flights from China as a preventive measure, like what Canada and the UK did, because we have direct flights from neighboring cities of Wuhan, China where the virus came from,” Chan wrote on Facebook.

DOH is the leading national agency that has the authority to declare a ban on flights. Prevention is better than cure,” he also said.

According to MCIA, there are a total of 36 flights per week from China to Cebu. These flights are from Guangzhou, Xiamen, Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Hangzhou.