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Tourism Budget for 2014 Targets 10 Key Clusters

THE funds for the P30-billion Tourism Development Program under the proposed P2.3-trillion national budget for 2014 targets 10 strategic tourism areas in the country, according to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.


Dubbed “international tourism gateway clusters,” these are: Laoag, Ilocos Norte (including Pagudpud) and Vigan, Ilocos Sur (with 373,000 underemployed and 172,000 unemployed among the local population); Central Luzon, which covers Subic-Clark-Tarlac-Corregidor, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, the Zambales coast, Bataan coast and inland, and Aurora (505,00 underemployed/384,000 unemployed); Metro Manila and Calabarzon region—Metro Manila, Nasugbu-Looc-Ternate-Cavite Coast, Laguna de Bay, Batangas peninsula, Quezon coast and islands (894,000 underemployed/466,000 unemployed);

Bicol—Camarines and Catanduanes, AIbay-Sorsogon-Masbate (780,000 underemployed/148,000 unemployed); Palawan, which covers San Vicente-EI Nido-Taytay, Princesa, Southern Palawan Busuanga-Coron-Culion (282…

Catanduanes Forest in German-Funded DENR Project

The Catanduanes Watershed Forest Reserve (CWFR) is among the 60 protected areas around the country that are covered by a German-funded environmental project aimed at improving the management of the Philippines’ natural resources.


CENRO officer-in-charge Luvimindo Chioco recently told the Tribune that the Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) project is being implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), under a grant from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The funding was coursed through the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

The P450 million (€9 million) project is being carried out nationwide until March 2017 to ensure proper management of 60 existing protected areas by improving the technical competencies and capacities of staff of the DENR’s Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau.

The PAME project will also see the establishment of at least 100 new terrestrial and marine…

New Tourism Dev't Plan to Think 'Beyond Beaches'

The Philippines must think “beyond beach vacations” when promoting its tourism industry, a Department of Tourism official said at the recent unveiling of the department's National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) at the Asian Institute of Management.


Tourism Undersecretary for Tourism Development Daniel G. Corpuz said that along with sun and beach tourism, the industry must promote other things the Philippines has to offer: nature tourism, cultural tourism, leisure and entertainment tourism, MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) and events tourism, health and wellness tourism, retirement tourism, cruise and nautical tourism, diving and marine sports tourism, and education tourism.

The department has set a target of 10 million international visitors to the Philippines and 56 million domestic travelers by 2016.

Corpuz said that increasing the tourist volume to the country can be achieved by developing and marketing competitive tourist products and destinations; imp…

ABS-CBN’s Gina Lopez to Grace Opening of Linggo ng Kalikasan

The celebration of the 2013 Linggo ng Kalikasan celebration spearheaded by the provincial government of Catanduanes will take center stage this June 17-21, with ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.


Anchored on the theme, “Basura: Pangasiwaan para sa Kalikasan at Kabuhayan”, it will focus on the collective efforts to address solid waste management problems with emphasis on its environmental and economic dimensions.

The week-long activities will kick-off at 5:30 A.M. of June 17 with the “Takbo para sa Kalikasan” Fun Run from Catanduanes State University to the provincial capitol. Prior to the opening program at the capitol grounds, the Catanduanes Mangrove Conservation Center will be launched at the former Catanduanes Crab Center at Palnab del Sur.

At 1:30 pm, Ms. Lopez will be at a press conference at the conference hall of Catanduanes State University, after which she will proceed to the CSU gymnasium as sole resource speaker of …

Environment Projects to Receive P720-M from Germany

MANILA - Two environmental projects in the Philippines will receive a total of P720 million in grants from the German government.


Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) Regional Director Philippines and the Pacific Robert Kressirer signed the agreements for the National REDD+ System Philippines and the Protected Area Management Enhancement in the Philippines (PAME) on Wednesday.

“These projects support our commitments under various international environmental and multilateral agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Coral Triangle Initiative,” Paje said.

The projects, which will be funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the GIZ, will be operational until 2017.

The National REDD+ System Philippines seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from natural and human causes. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degr…

Albay to Host 10 Events in 2015 APEC Summit

Legazpi City, Philippines – Albay Gov. Joey Salceda announced yesterday that the province will host at least 10 of the 63 events in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to be held in the Philippines.


Salceda said officials of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the lead agency in charge of APEC summit preparations, have allowed Albay to host at least 10 events because they are convinced that the province is ready, with in-place disaster risk reduction systems. It is also home of the iconic Mayon volcano.

“We are thankful to DTI for its confidence that Albay is qualified to host some of the APEC summit events,” Salceda said.

APEC activities will start in December 2014 and end in November 2015. The events that will be hosted by Albay are scheduled from March to September 2015.

Salceda said the APEC events are expected to focus on trade, industry and investment issues, and concerns of the Pacific-rim countries.

“With this, we are expecting trade ministers …

TV5 Drama Set in Misibis

Misibis Bay — In the coming days, TV5 is not just about to present the results of its hard work but it is also set to display the magnificence of the luxurious Misibis Bay when the story of its latest primetime drama offering titled Misibis Bay begins to unfold in the small screen. Perched in the south-easternmost tip of Cagraray Island, Misibis Bay is a tropical hideaway in Bacacay, Albay. According to business unit creative head Mac Alejandre, several top tourist destinations were considered to be the backdrop of the sexy drama series that topbills Ritz Azul, one of the network’s teleserye princesses. “We searched for the most fitting location. We even looked at the possibility of going abroad like in Thailand for the show,” he shares. “Until the day came when the production team found Misibis (Bay) as the perfect setting for the sexy revenge drama. After several meetings with the management of the resort, a partnership was forged.” In the press conference, GM Ian Mayer Varona say…