Dumaguete Cervantes Street – Mayor Joe Pro Teves Street
Cervantes Street (officially Mayor Joe Pro Teves Street) is a one way street going north to south (Airport to Bacon or Dauin). The street is with Gov. Perdices Street the only one going this direction. It starts at a Y-shaped intersection just after you pass the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Freedom Park with the Capitol Building and Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) to your right-hand side, roughly across the Daro branch of BDO bank and Jollibee. Cervantes Street runs parallel to Real Street, passing the complete center of Dumaguete City on its west and ends at Santa Rosa Street where Barangay Poblacion 8 Barangay Hall.
Landmarks along Cervantes Street
Along Cervantes Street are the Dumaguete Department of Education, West City Elementary School, the Barangay Hall 7 Manga, Police Station, Qualfon, Partosa Commercial trading, Rejoice Electrical Supplies, and Brgy. Hall of Poblacion 8.
Cervantes Street is since 2004 Mayor Joe Pro Teves Street
The Resolution no.366 series of 2004, Ordinance no.49 series of 2004 is an ordinance renaming Cervantes Street as Mayor Joe Pro Teves Street.
Who was Mayor Joe Pro Teves?
Mayor Jose Pro Teves is the longest serving Dumaguete official, as he served as one of the Dumaguete Councilor for 5 years , Jose Pro Teves also served for 5 years as Vice mayor of Dumaguete and mayor of Dumaguete City for 19 years. People of Dumaguete continue love him and believed in him, which is the reason that he is also a longest serving mayor of Dumaguete City. Dumagueteños admired him and will not forget him.
Being one of only two streets running from north to south during daytime, the traffic can be very heavy and standing in traffic jams is more common than actually getting forward in Cervantes Street. The best is to avoid the street between 8:00am and 10:00am as well as from 5:00pm to 7:30pm unless one has a favour for packed roads with bad air and unnerved drivers pressing their horn.