PHL eyed as sports-tourism hub

DEPARTING from usual and conventional style of attracting tourists, the Department of Tourism (DOT) will be promoting the Philippines as a sports-tourism hub in Asia.

Under this strategy, tourism officials hope to hold international sporting events like championship boxing bouts, surfing competitions, as well as scuba-diving contests to lure sports enthusiasts into visiting the country.

And why not, Philippines already is a home for world-class athletes like boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao, runner Lydia de Vega, ice skater Michael Christian Martinez, and many more.

“The Philippines has a huge potential to become one of the world’s great adventure travel destinations. With our…

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RUPA: ‘Incompetent’ Tugade does not deserve post

TRANSPORT Secretary Arthur Tugade’s confirmation just hit a snag as a group of road users advocates asked the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) to junk his appointment for being unfit and unqualified failing on his brag to address the traffic situation within 100 days.

In separate letters addressed to Cebu Rep. Benhur Salimbangon, chairman of the CA’s committee on transportation and communication, and to CA secretary Hector Villacorta, the Road Users Protection Advocates (RUPA) asked them step in and block Tugade’s appointment.

“We would like therefore to implore that you apply the mandate of your honorable office that it would…

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OFWs may avail of P2-M livelihood loan

RETURNING overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) need not worry about their livelihood as they and their families can now avail of livelihood load assistance amounting from P100 thousand up to P 2 million.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III made the statement following the signing of memorandum of agreement on the implementation of the OFW-Enterprise Development and Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) between the DOLE–Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“This joint undertaking addresses one of the eight-point labor and employment agenda of the Department of Labor and Employment, which is to bring more focus and…

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Militant official makes life harder for miners

ASIDE from Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez who is known for her tough anti-mining stance, President Rody Duterte has another official who miners believe will make life harder for them.

This after Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rafael V. Mariano recently said that he is bent on upholding the validity of issued certificate of land ownership award (CLOA), even if it would affect mining sites, like the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project. 

Mariano said that if he could have his way, the Tampakan project will not be able to operate, at least under the Duterte administration.…

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 DOT targets more French tourists

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DOT) has reported that France is now one of the top 20 emerging tourist markets of the Philippines, with 35,358 visitor arrivals in the seven months higher by 22 percent from the same period last year – and the department is aiming for more.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo said that the goal is to double these numbers in the coming years by tapping social media and partnering with key travel influencers to market the Philippines to French citizens.

Teo said French tourists spent an aggregate $34 million (₱1.64 billion) in the country in 2015,…

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