City of Cebu’s economy is mainly driven by Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles from 2018 to 2020

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1 December 2021

The economy of City of Cebu is driven by the following industries: Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, Financial and insurance activities, and Real estate and ownership of dwellings based on the 2018 to 2020 annual average share of 25.0 percent, 18.5 percent, and 10.6 percent respectively. In 2019, the economy of the city grew by 8.0 percent but declined by 10.2 percent in 2020.

Of the 6.2 percent economic growth registered in Central Visayas for 2019, the City of Cebu ranked first, accounting for 1.8 percentage points of the total regional economy. Meanwhile in 2020, the City of Cebu contributed -2.3 percentage points to the -9.9 percent of Central Visayas. 

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) established through Republic Act No. 10625 or The Philippine Statistical Act of 2013, is tasked, among others, to compile and maintain macroeconomic accounts and indicators, at the national and subnational level. At the provincial level, the Provincial Product Accounts (PPA) is the tool to measure the economic performance of the province or highly urbanized cities (HUCs) at a given time.  

Starting this year, the PSA will be releasing annually the provincial level economic performances following the identified pilot provinces and HUCs. The City of Cebu is one of the pilot HUCs for PPA in 2021.

For full report, statistical tables, and visuals on the PPA releases, please visit our website at or at the PSA Regional or PSA Provincial Office with contact details below:


2F, Gaisano Capital Building, Colon Street
Cebu City
(032) 254-0470


2F, Martina Sugbo Center,
P. Burgos Street, Cebu City
(032) 253-0848/255-8573/412-1337


Chief Statistical Specialist