The City of Cebu is the capital city of Cebu and is the “second city” in the Philippines with the second most significant metropolitan centre and known as the oldest settlement established by the Spaniards in the country.
The city is located on the eastern shore of Cebu and was the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines. Cebu is the Philippines’ main domestic shipping port and is home to about 80% of the country’s domestic shipping companies. Cebu also holds the second largest international flights in the Philippines and is a significant centre of commerce, trade and industry in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
Cebu City is a highly-urbanized city, which makes itself independent from Cebu province despite being the seat of the provincial government centered at the Cebu Provincial Capitol. Its voters do not vote for provincial officials. There were proposals however during the time of Governor Emilio Mario Osmeña to establish an “administrative district” that would be independent from Cebu City. This would literally mean carving out Cebu City’s Barangay Capitol where the provincial capitol and other provincial offices are located. The plan however didn’t push through and was even followed by other proposals like the transfer of the capital to Balamban.
Cebu City is governed by a mayor, vice-mayor and sixteen councilors (eight representing the northern and eight representing the southern region). Each official is popularly elected to serve for a three year term. The chief of the Association of Barangay Captains and the President of the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation also managed in the city council. The day to day administration of the city is handled by a city administrator.
Mike Rama is the mayor of the city. The former vice mayor was elected during the 2010 Philippine elections, meanwhile Joy-Augustus G. Young is the current vice mayor.
Current city officials (2010-2013)
House of Representatives
1st District (North): Rep. Rachel “Cutie” B. del Mar
2nd District (South): Rep. Tomas “Tommy” R. Osmeña
City Mayor: Hon. Michael “Mike” L. Rama
Vice Mayor: Hon. Joy-Augustus G. Young
Cebu City is politically subdivided into 80 barangays.
Lorega San Miguel
Basak San Nicolas
Pahina San Nicolas
San Nicolas Proper
Suba San Nicolas