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Contribution of Tourism Industry to the Economy Posts 5.9 Percent in 2011

As measured by the share of tourism direct gross value added (TDGVA) to total gross domestic product (GDP), the contribution of tourism industry to the economy was 5.9 percent in 2011. It averaged 5.8 percent during the years 2000-2010. TDGVA, an indicator which measures the value added of different industries in response to activities of both domestic and inbound visitors, amounted to PhP 571.3 billion in 2011, higher by 10.2 percent than in the previous year.


Among the tourism-characteristic industries, shopping had the biggest share to TDGVA at 22.9 percent, followed by accommodation at 11.2 percent, and entertainment and recreation at 6.8 percent.

These are based on the latest results of the Philippine Tourism Satellite Account (PTSA) which also provides information on tourism expenditure and employment. Other key results from PTSA include the following:

As measured by the share of tourism direct gross value added (TDGVA) to total gross domestic product (GDP), the contribu…

Korean Investors to Build US$70-M Pro-Environment Energy Plant Near Mt. Isarog

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 23 (PNA) -- The Naga City government has converted a five-hectare public land near the foot of Mt. Isarog into an industrial site where a Korean firm will establish the “first of its kind in the Philippines” waste-to-energy plant costing US$ 70 million.


Technically dubbed “Waste to Synthesis Gas Project,” the facility will convert the city’s solid waste to electric energy through melting-gasification, the first to be introduced in the Philippines.

To be put up by the Korean-owned CJ Global Company, the waste-to-energy project, inspired by a German technology-based process which is environment-friendly is expected to generate at least 10 megawatts of electricity to be supplied to local electric cooperatives and other existing power distribution utilities in the locality.

The power generation plant will make use of the approximately 200 tons of solid waste and biomass generated daily by the city’s 27 barangays to produce low-priced electricity using the process of …

DTI-Sorsogon Strongly Advocates for Pili Nut in Global Market

SORSOGON CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) office here has convened anew pili nut farmers, producers, and other industry stakeholders to promote and make pili gain momentum in the local, and most especially, in the global market.

The province remains the largest supplier of pili in Bicol region and has now developed processors in the province inching their way not only to the local market but priming for foreign market as well said Leah A. Pagao, DTI Sorsogon director.

“In fact, Tia Berning Pili Candies will soon be available in the Korean market,” she proudly said.

Pagao furthered that pili would not have made a hit in the market without the usual backings and support from various stakeholders.

She took the opportunity to thank Mayor Leovic Dioneda of this city for fully supporting the efforts of championing Sorsogon as pili producer through their various programs, activities, and assistance to growers.

She also said that for their part, DTI h…

Napocor Considers RE Facilities for Off-Grid Areas

MANILA, Philippines—State-run National Power Corp. is set to sign an agreement with PNOC Renewables Corp. to explore opportunities in constructing renewable energy facilities in remote and off-grid areas and reduce the cost of subsidies for rural electrification. In an interview with reporters, Napocor president Froilan A. Tampinco said that the renewable energy arm of Philippine National Oil Co. would look at the 14 areas included in the so-called first wave areas to be opened to private sector participation to find where it could put up power-generation facilities, possibly in partnership with the private sector. These areas include Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, mainland Palawan, Catanduanes, Bantayan, Masbate, Tablas, Romblon, Camotes, Siquijor, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Sulu. Most, if not all, of the power facilities in these islands are being managed by Napocor’s small power utilities group (SPUG). Of these areas, only Bantayan Island and Masbate may be c…

Aquino Names 2nd State University in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY—There are now two state universities in Bicol.

The second, signed into law by President Aquino, surprisingly is in the depressed island of Catanduanes, one of the six provinces in the region.


Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda broke the news, saying the former Catanduanes State Colleges had earned the reputation of providing good education to students in the region. He said students come as far as Camarines Norte, Masbate, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Albay.

Both the Bicol University (BU) and Catanduanes State University (CSU) also have records of doing well, if not topping board examinations, particularly in the field of engineering. A BU graduate bagged the top score in the civil engineering board a few years ago. Its graduates have consistently landed in the top 10.

Salceda said the state-owned BU and CSU are giving astounding performance in the field of education which other state colleges in the region are competitively following suit.

He said his province has alrea…

Agri Authorities to Rehabilitate Abaca Industry With 2.5-M Hybrid Plantlets by 2015

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 13 (PNA) – Bicol’s abaca industry is expecting more vigor from a new rehabilitation program that puts together various government agencies in collective works toward a wide-scale propagation of hybrid planting materials targeting some 2.5 million plantlets by 2015.


The program which was launched recently by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) also involves the commercial production of antisera for abaca bunchy top virus (ABTV).

PCAARRD, the program leader, is one of the sectoral councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) tasked to help national research and development (R&D) efforts in the country’s agriculture, forestry and natural resources.

The PCAARRD presented the concept of the program and the accomplishments of its ongoing projects to the International Conference on Climate-Smart Management for the Uplands hosted by the city government and the Bicol University (BU) he…

Bicol Eyes Tilapia Production for Export Market

PILI, Camarines Sur, Nov. 8 (PNA) -- Bicol is taking the challenge of producing tilapia for both the domestic and export markets.


Local fishery authorities say there is a big area for growth in the production in Bicol of both the small-sized tilapia which is a hit in the local market and the big-sized that is consistently gaining popularity abroad.

The region had vast freshwater resources that are highly suitable for large-scale production. Among these are the Bato and Buhi Lakes in Camarines Sur, Danao Lake in Polangui, Albay, Bulusan Lake in Sorsogon and several other smaller sites sporadically distributed among the six provinces of the region.

All in all, the region’s inland water resources capable of tilapia production are measured at 246,063 hectares of swamplands, 253,854 hectares of brackish water fishponds, 200,000 hectares of lakes, 31,000 hectares of rivers and 19,000 hectares of reservoir, according to data obtained from the Bureau of fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFA…

8 Bicol Caves in PH Protected List

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov 08 (PNA) -- Eight caves in the Bicol Region are in the country’s list of 158 that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has classified for protection, conservation and management.

DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales said six of these caves are categorized as Class 3, that is, generally safe to inexperienced visitors and have no known threatened species and archeological, geological, natural history, cultural and historical values.

The caves are the Luyang Cave in Barangay Lictin San Andres, Catanduanes; Versales Cave, Barangay Linao, Placer, Masbate; Lingaw Cave, Barangay Linao, Libon in Albay; San Ramon Cave, Barangay San Ramon, Libon, Albay; Rawis Cave, Barangay Rawis, Libon, Albay; and Pighulugan Cave, Barangay Misibis, Bacacay, also in Albay.

These caves may also be utilized for economic purposes such as guano extraction and edible birds and collection, he said.

Two caves are classified under Class 2 or those with a…

WB, EU to Fund Agriculture Projects in Bicol

The World Bank and the European Union have approved the funding of agriculture projects in Bicol next year, the Department of Agriculture regional office said Thursday.


The WB will finance the P28-billion Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) and the European Union (EU) will bankroll the Enhancing Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture (EC-DRRA), said Agriculture regional executive director Jose Dayao.

PRDP is “a six-year national government platform for an inclusive, value-chain oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector expected to raise total funds of close to P28 billion from a loan portfolio of the WB and equity share of national and local government units,” Dayao noted.

The program to be implemented in the six provinces of Bicol is the "upscale" version of the successful Mindanao Rural Development Program, he said.

With funding support from the EU’s Disaster Preparedness- European Commission's Humanitarian Office, the …

Cardinal-Designate Tagle Laments 'Practical Atheism' Among Some Pinoys

Lamenting what he called a lack of faith among some Filipinos, Cardinal-designate Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle on Saturday called for a revival of faith in God.


As he launched the Year of Faith at the San Fernando de Dilao church in Paco, Tagle said "practical atheism" s one of the major obstacles to evangelization.

“There is atheism which (some Catholics) openly said that they don’t believe in God and there are also those who claim that they are faithful but live as if God doesn’t exist,” Tagle said, according to an article posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines news site.

He added that while some Catholics claim they believe in God, their actions do not match their words.

This includes some Catholics who go to Mass on Sundays, he said.

“During Sundays, we profess our faith to God. But starting Monday, cheating happens because of money ... we take advantage of other people for our own interests,” he said.

Tagle, who returned to t…