PGMA bats for teamwork
as unifying factor for the country during opening of Palarong Pambansa
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – A
greeted the President of the Republic as she motored from the Tacloban
Airport to the Leyte Sports Development Center to formally declare the
opening of the Palarong Pambansa 2009.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leads the opening ceremonies of the
Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Tacloban City at the Leyte Sports Development Center on
Tuesday, April 28. (Exequiel Supera/OPS-NIB Photo)
Upon her arrival,
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wearing a powder puff blue
sleeveless blouse and pants beamed as she waved to the 9,000 athletes
from 17 athletic regional delegations and a jampacked
Leyte Sports Development
filled with an applauding and appreciative audience.
Addressing a sea of
young and eager faces from the different regional athletic
delegations, the President said that sports is a priority of the
government as this develops not only health but character, discipline,
confidence, thinking and teamwork- qualities which are needed as a
“How sports developed
are you? Hindi lamang sa kalusugan kundi na rin sa character, iyong
disiplina, iyung kumpyansa sa sarili, iyung pag-iisip, kasi kailangan
uutakan mo ang kalaban mo, at higit sa lahat ang teamwork. These are
the qualities that we need as a nation”, the President said.
The President went on
to say that these qualities are being developed in the students
through sports and comprehensive programs that could help our country
embrace such qualities and consequently enable the nation to meet
global crisis and challenges. “At itong mga kalidad na ito, ay
dinidevelop natin sa ating mga estudyante na nageensayu sa sports at
kinaisang komprehensibong programa, na tutulong para magkaroon ang
ating bansa ng mga katangian, na pwedeng humarap sa mga immediate
challenges sa ating bansa, na nanggagaling sa krisis ng buong mundo,”
the President added.
The President also
stressed that investments through infrastructure like roads, airports
and ports including investment in people through education, health and
sports – all these support the country’s program. “Ang ating mga
pinupuhunan sa imprastraktura gaya ng kalsada, airport at pantalan, na
dinadaanan ninyong mga estudyante para pumunta dito, pati na rin ang
ating puhunan by human capital, kasama ang edukasyon, ang kalusugan
kasama na ang sports doon. Ito ay sumusuporta sa programa ng ating
bansa” the President further said.
concluded by saying that “working together as one nation and people, I
am confident that we will not only survive, but prosper in this time
of global crisis. Nawa’y itong Palarong Pambansa 2009, ay ipaiiral ang
teamwork ng ating mga estudyante, para na rin ipairal ang ating
pagsamasama bilang isang taong bayan”.
The President then
declared the 2009 Palarong Pambansa 2009 open. She immediately left
the sports center and went back to the airport to preside the Cabinet
Aside from gracing the
Opening Ceremonies of the Palaro which is being hosted by the Leyte
Provincial Government, the President earlier led the groundbreaking
rites for the new Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport terminal building which
is a component of the P4.13 billion Tacloban Airport Development
administration has already released an initial P1.141 billion for the
modernization of the airport. It is expected that the DZR airport will
serve as one of the country’s secondary international airports.
2009: Annual games open in full colors, searing heat, sudden rains
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
April 29, 2009
DEVELOPMENT CENTER (LSDC), Tacloban City – No doubt, the various
athletic delegations did their homework, presenting a kaleidoscope of
colorful costumes, uniforms, innovative yells, songs and dances, and
rendering this year’s sports competition truly a fiesta atmosphere.
Palaro '09 ceremonial opening was highlighted by the colorful
cultural presentation dubbed as “Grand Palabas: A Tribute to the
Games” participated by at least 2,000 students from the province.
(photo by PMRC)
Nature cooperated as
well, with the noonday sun shining in this sprawling oval at about 32
degrees Celsius hot, only to be watered later in an unexpected heavy
rain in the closing minutes of the opening ceremonies, where three
remaining regions – Cordillera, National Capital, and Eastern Visayas,
the host – performed in a wet look all over, literally speaking,
thanks or no thanks to the passing rain.
But elsewhere around
the city – surprise! Surprise! – it was dry land.
Bring in the medicine
cabinet, you guys, for the kids will certainly have to bear with the
swift temperature change that lasted more than ten minutes.
But if nothing
happens, thank the Heavens and the individual’s strong immune system,
as athletes are expected to be armed, by way of improving one’s
personal stamina record.
For even if a Palaro
player losses, he or she is still a winner if the colds and cough
viruses failed to catch-up and ride with the climate change – pardon
the term for lack of a better word – inside the arena.
On a higher plane,
that was the message imparted by Department of Education (Deped)
Secretary Jesli Lapus.
In the brief program
shortly before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared the games
open, and later before the rain-inducing clouds formed, Secretary
Lapus encouraged the athletes to do their best.
“Kahit hindi kayo
nanalo, ang importante ma-improve ang inyong personal record,” Sec.
Lapus emphasized, although he was referring more to the physical
sports competition, and not battling with hot and cold conditions in
the playing grounds.
The conduct of the
annual Palaro games itself, Sec. Lapus said, has been taken as a way
to improve the country’s overall performance in whatever sports events
enroute to an elusive Olympic gold.
But first, all
potential gold haulers must survive the hot and cold doses of the
For that alone, the
Palarong Pambansa 2009 is already a resounding success.
Leyte as host of Palarong Pambansa 2009
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is all praise for Leyte province
for hosting this year’s Palarong Pambansa in her less than five-minute
speech during the opening ceremony here.
PGMA stressed that the
holding of this year’s annual national sports event in Leyte is the
biggest in 25 years.
The President clad in
her powder blue pantsuit greeted the crowd in the jampacked Leyte
Sports and Development Center (LSDC) in Waray vernacular by saying
“maupay nga aga ha iyo nga tanan” to the delight of the people who
watched the opening ceremony.
congratulated the officials of the Department of Education (DepEd),
officials in Leyte province, students, coaches, national government
officials for the holding of the Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte.
emphasized the value of teamwork and how valuable sports is in our
country which not only develop the health and physical well-being of
people but likewise give self-confidence and help boost character to
The President also
underscored the importance of working together as a people and as a
nation and she is confident that the country will survive in this time
of global financial crisis.
In the later part of
her short speech, the President formally opened the annual national
sports event participated in by 17 participating delegations all over
PGMA keynotes the
opening today of Palarong Pambansa 2009 in Leyte
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to grace the opening of the
Palarong Pambansa 2009 hosted by the Provincial Government of Leyte
and the Department of Education Regional Office 8.
President Arroyo will
address the more than 10,000 young champion athletes and officials,
families and friends from the 17 Regions of the Philippines who are
gathered at the newly refurbished Leyte Sports Development Council.
Part I of the Opening
Program of the Palarong Pambansa 2009 is the Tribute to the Games
showcasing the rich arts and culture of Leyte and Samar Islands.
The curtain raisers
presents two of the best Leyte festivals, the Karatong Festival of
Dulag, Leyte and the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte, champion of
the recently held Aliwan Festival in Manila and champion of this
year’s Sinulog Festival in Cebu.
Susumaton Han Muruglay
or Dance of the Mascots will be performed by the selected high school
students of Tacloban City while the Pagsurumpay or linkage will
feature the Leyte Kasadyaan Potpouries of Festivals, the Binaybayan
Festival of Baybay; Bato Balani Festival of Bato, Leyte; Lingganay
Festival of Alangalang, Leyte; and Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte.
The tribute to the
games will end with the speech of Hon. Jesli A. Lapus, Secretary of
the Department of Education.
The arrival of
President Arroyo will signal the start of the Formal Opening Program
with an ecumenical prayer by Msgr. Ramon Aguilos, Rev. Lemuel
Iballarosa; Emmam Ostadz Sailanie A. Abdullah.
This will be followed
with the Singing of the National Anthem to be lead by Ms. Gretchen
Espina, 2008 Pinoy Idol Champion.
Word of Welcome will
come from Tacloban City Mayor Hon. Alfred Romualdez; Representative of
the First District of Leyte Hon. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez; and this
year’s host Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla.
Puerto Princesa Mayor
Edward Hagedorn will then turn over the Palarong Pambansa flag to
Leyte Governor Petilla after which, Secretary Lapus, Governor Petilla
and the delegation heads will hoist the Palaro Flag and Delegation
Secretary Lapus will
introduce the Keynote Speaker, Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,
the President of the Republic of the
At the end of her
speech, President Arroyo will formally declare the Palarong Pambansa
2009 in the province of Leyte, open.
After delivering her
keynote address, President Arroyo will leave in order to attend her
PGMA ground breaks
P4.130-B Tacloban Airport Development Project
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – In
line with President Arroyo’s Super Region development strategy where
the Visayas is envisioned to be the Center of Tourism industry,
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is scheduled to ground break the
P4.1Billion Tacloban Airport Development Project on Tuesday, April 28,
The development of a
more modern and bigger Airport complex will pave way to the coming in
of any type of aircrafts and will encourage additional flights to the
As of now, there are
three airline companies flying the Tacloban-Manila and vice versa, and
the Tacloban-Cebu and vice versa routes. There are at least four
flights to Cebu and Tacloban, and at least 9 flights from Manila to
Tacloban and 9 flights from Tacloban to
Development Project which has several components is being implemented
by the Department of Transportation and Communication under Secretary
President Arroyo is
set to ground break the construction of the New Terminal Building
which has a floor area of 4,899.96 square meters and project cost of
Now ongoing are two
components of the development project namely, Asphalt Overlay of
Runway and Construction of Shore Protection; and Acquisition of lots
for New Terminal Complex Area.
The ongoing Asphalt
Overlay of Runway and Construction of Shore Protection component has a
project cost of P625.50 Million.
On the other hand, the
ongoing acquisition of lots has a total cost of P130 Million, Engineer
Dante Lulu informed.
Scheduled for bidding
is the last component which is the air navigational facilities which
amounts to P230 Million.
development project, that of Guiuan Airport, will soon be completed
and will require inauguration by the President.
DOLE releases P404,552
for Zumarraga Sisi Producers Association
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
April 25, 2009
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Braving the rough waters along Maqueda Bay in the late afternoon of
April 20, 2009, DOLE personnel led by Regional Director Forter Puguon
sailed to Zumarraga Island to hand in a check.
traditional packaging of fermented “sisi” is placed in a used bottle of Tanduay Rhum.
The check worth
P404,552 is a grant to the 250 members Zumarragan Sisi (ZUSI)
assistance, said Ms. Fe Estrella of DOLE-Samar was released through an
accredited co-partner in the name of Zumarraga LGU.
Based on the proposal,
the fund will be used in training cum production, for capacity
building services for the livelihood program particularly for rock
oyster culture skills training, product diversification and capability
In turn the LGU headed
by Mayor Neil Edwin Figueroa constructed a training/production center
near the public market to house the production of sisi-based (rock
profusely thanked DOLE for the grant which the mayor said will
definitely help his townsfolk.
It was learned that
the LGU shelled out some P220,000 for the building while the
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) too gave some amount for the
same purpose – that of ensuring that the Zumarraga folks alleviate
The sisi producers
will upgrade their packaging of fermented sisi from used bottles into
plastic stood up cups that are the current vogue in retail products.
Fermented rock oysters
come from oysters (sisi) harvested from rocks near the sea during low
tide and produced using fermentation process to preserve the product
fermentation process has upgraded their product.
Fermented oyster (sisi)
is also Zumarraga’s OneTown One Product and that some agencies like
NEDA, DTI, SSU, DSWD, DOST, TESDA and other line agencies have
converged for the same purpose.
Defense Chief, NDCC
chair Teodoro graces flood control project inauguration
By BONGPEDALINO (PIA Southern
April 24, 2009
Sogod, Southern Leyte – Department of National Defense (DND)
Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, Jr., traveled all the way to this
interior barangay today to see the finished mega-dike project designed
to protect the people from flooding when the nearby Subangdako river
overflows during rainy weather.
In simple ceremonies
held at the barangay auditorium marking the inauguration for the
project, Teodoro, who is also the concurrent chair of the National
Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), hinted that portions of the
riverbank not yet covered by the flood control structure would soon be
“This project is the
best evidence that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo loves the
people. Kung anong naumpisahan natin ay tapusin na natin ito,”
Teodoro proclaimed, stressing he will personally refer to the
President the desire to build a similar structure throughout the
entire stretch of the wide river once the papers reach his desk.
He was referring to
the presentation and overview of the project made earlier by
Provincial Engineer Fernando Moralde, who pointed out certain
locations along the river that still needed to be fortified with a
Moralde said that in
the later part of 2006, President Arroyo released the amount of P100
million through the NDCC for the construction of the Subangdako Flood
Control project, which was completed by around November, 2008.
The project consisted
of 2,048 linear meters of solid structure that protects five barangays
passed by the meandering river, such as barangays kanangkaan, Suba,
San Miguel, San Isidro, and Concepcion, Moralde reported, even as he
indicated some points, marked by red lines in the map, that would be
the focus of the next phase of the mega-dike project.
Sogod Mayor Sheffered
Tan, in his welcome remarks, declared that the project was part of
President Arroyo’s mega-dike program, adding that it offered a big
relief to the barangay folks who fear constantly of their lives during
bad weather, a sentiment shared by Punong Barangay Remedios Gonzales.
Gov. Damian Mercado,
who introduced the guest of honor, expressed his thanks to the NDCC
for the project, saying that “it was a dream come true for the people
of five barangays.”
Both Mayor Tan and
Gov. Mercado made public suggestions to Teodoro’s inclination to join
next year’s presidential derby, a claim affirmed earlier by the
Defense chief in a short interaction with the local media.
Before ending his very
brief talk, Teodoro pledged to contribute P400 million to the barangay,
representing half of the estimated cost of a well-built barangay hall,
the other half to be shared by the Governor and the Mayor.
He also asked that he
be considered an adopted son of barangay Kanangkaan, to the delight of
Gov. Mercado then
tasked Board Member Daisy Gamale to sponsor a resolution at the
Provincial Board declaring Teodoro an adopted son of
Teodoro was warmly
welcomed by provincial and municipal officials led by Gov. Mercado and
Mayor Tan upon his arrival by noon on Monday at the Southern Leyte
State University (SLSU) grounds in a military helicopter – which he
KURT A. DECAPIA, GSC (INF) PA
April 23, 2009
PANACAN, Davao City –
A total of fifteen members of the New People’s Army under Guerilla
Front (GF) 15 and 25 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC)
formally surrendered this morning to Davao Oriental Governor Corazon
Malanyaon in a simple ceremony at the Provincial Capitol of Mati Davao
They were also
formally presented to the Commander of the 10th Infantry Division,
MajGen. Reynaldo Mapagu.
The former rebels were
led by Jerry Lontud Silat alias Dante Pangaya, the Commanding Officer
(CO) of Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP) Platoon, GF 15, SMRC and
his members were identified as Jesus Balanate Nazareno alias Rustom/Kempit,
Roldan Aumada Pudpud alias Agustin/Roldan/Totoy Bato, Rosemarie
Bacudan Tumanda alias Angel, Insoy Silat Matilac alias Ian, Eric Silat
Matilac alias Alvin, Nestor Gesongan Arseno alias Lindon, Vergil
Concepcion Ongkoy alias Jorven/Jerven, Charlito Basingan Songale alias
Dennis, Joseph Esperas Estapia alias Erwin/Gonggong and Mary Ann M
Masibay alias Mel (wife of Jerry Silat), the team leader of Armed
Propaganda Team (APT).
The SYP don’t usually
engage with the military troops unless they are compromised, they are
primarily responsible in the Ideological, Political and Organizing
works in the barangays. They raise issues against the government and
agitate the people to eventually join them.
surrenderees of the Sentro de Grabidad, GF 15 of SMRC who usually
engage the government troops on combat operations were identified as
Michael Sunggay Bangkalen alias Noel, Myra Pudpud Magno alias Lenlen
and Roy Nazareno Capulac alias Charlie.
A lone surrenderee
from GF 25, Arlou Aninao Morales alias Jonas, a medical team leader,
of SDG, GF 25, SMRC surrendered together with the members of Silat.
Morales was among
those who ran away from his unit after knowing that their leaders
From those who
surrendered, only Roldan Pudpud was able to cart away his firearm
(Uzi) before leaving his unit and the latter formally surrendered the
same to Major General Mapagu during their presentation.
Majority of the former
rebels belongs to the Mandaya tribe and residents of Barangays
Campawan, San Victor, Mahan-ub and Batiano, all of Baganga, Davao
They said they could
no longer bear the hardship because of intense military operation and
demoralization within their ranks due to financial opportunism of
their leaders which grossly affected them.
They surrendered in
group to the 67th Infantry Battalion under Lt Colonel Henry Doyaoen
when the unit conducted CMO activities in their barangays last
February 2009. They took the opportunity after they learned about the
interventions offered by the Social Integration Program (SIP) of the
government under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace
Jerry Silat, who was
already on “lie-low” status surrendered to the 66th Infantry Battalion
only last March 19, 2009 after he learned that all of his members already
surrendered to 67IB. He revealed that alias Jomar, the Secretary and
Political Officer of Guerilla Front 15, along with his nephew alias
Arbie and another NPA member alias Raprap, all went on “lie-low”
“We could no longer
stomach the financial opportunism and nepotism that is going on in the
SMRC leadership”, said Silat.
March 8, 2009 in Sitio Malinao, Barangay Batiano, Baganga, Davao Oriental
was the product of the massive
CMO activities of the 67IB and it resulted to the recovery
of one M16 rifle, one shotgun, one handheld radio, ammunitions,
medical and dental equipments and subversive documents.
Mapagu said, “We are
happy that more and more of our brothers are responding to our call
for peace. We are continually receiving surrender feelers and this is
because of the continued support and cooperation from our various
“Again, we would like
to call on our brothers who are still in the mountains to surrender
and return to the mainstream society. The SIP under OPAPP can help you
to start anew”, Mapagu added.
The fifteen former
rebels will benefit the immediate cash assistance the moment after
their enrolment in the SIP and they will receive the livelihood
assistance after they have undergone the psycho-social profiling to be
facilitated by the OPAPP representatives.
Those who surrendered
with firearms will receive cash remuneration for the firearms
April 22 is Earth Day!
By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
TACLOBAN CITY – Once
again, we celebrate the Philippine Earth Day 2009 this April 22 by
virtue of Proclamation No. 1481 signed last April 10, 2008 by
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
identifies the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
as the main convener of the celebration. As such, the DENR enjoins all
agencies of the executive branch to come up with environmental
Director Regidor M. de Leon disclosed that, “the DENR, thru Secretary
Jose L. Atienza enjoins not only the DENR but all sectors of society
to conduct environmental activities, I commemoration of the 2009 Earth
Day. The concern for Mother Earth is a concern of all human beings
living on Earth.”
Collectively, we are
faced with an urgent call to save and protect our bountiful forests,
pristine waters, rich natural resources, exceptional wildlife and
diversified living organisms, which are essential for the quality of
life of every Filipino and the people and other inhabitants on Earth”,
De Leon added.
The theme “Lupa, Tubig
Buhayin; Batas ay Tuparin” is a very timely reminder of our
responsibilities as citizens to render vigilance for the protection of
the rich natural resources.
In Region 8, the DENR
enjoins all the local government units, state colleges and
universities, government and private industries, non government
organizations, church academe, and other sectors to join the conduct
of environmental activities. Also, the Regional, provincial and
Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices had lined up
environmental activities such as: tree planting, car less day in
offices, clean-up activities, and other relevant activities which
would ease the impact of global warming and climate change as well as
other natural phenomenon.
De Leon stressed
that the celebration of special events such as Earth Day are just
reminders for us to do our responsibility for Mother earth, whatever
our status in life maybe. Our concern for the environment however,
must be sustained even after the celebration of Earth Day in order for
us to live in a safe and healthy Planet.
programs for barangays, seeks to improve more FMRs in E. Samar
By BRYAN M. AZURA
Samar – Stepping up his Barangay Empowerment Network Project (BEN),
Governor Ben P. Evardone assured 8 interior villages of this town
better roads to their respective barangays to advance the residents’
burdens in carrying their farm produce to markets and improve their
way of living.
Ben P. Evardone spreads hands as he instructs Provincial Engineer
Dindo Picardal Jr. (3rd from right) to widen the road going to
Brgy. Sta. Margarita in Quinapondan town during his ocular
inspections of some provincial roads in the said municipality.
(BRYAN M. AZURA)
Those that will
directly benefit the road improvements are Barangays Cantiño, Anislag,
San Isidro Cagdaha, Sta. Margarita, Panactad, Rizal and San Pedro, all
interior barangays of Quinapondan town.
Evardone has sought to
personally see the conditions of barangays by walking kilometers of
roads that need improvements. “I want to see how the province can
intervene in repairing the roads,” Evardone said while climbing a
hilly area going to Cantiño.
Upon the request of
the villagers, the governor ordered Provincial Engineer Dindo Picardal
to immediately dispatch the heavy equipment of the province to start
the road opening going to the barrio. Presently, residents of the
village use a concrete feeder but only motorcycles can pass by.
“It’s always a
struggle to come and go to our barangay,” Barangay Chairman Igmedio
Cabacaba said in vernacular. “It’s even more difficult especially when
we have cargoes to bring,” he continued.
Mayor Nedito Campo
said that the repair of the provincial road in the area will benefit 3
other barangays. “Barangays Anislag,
and Cagdaha will also gain from the road repair,” Campo noted.
province has already started its rehabilitation and improvement of the
provincial road going to the coastal barangay of Sta. Margarita.
Filling materials had been piled up already as the provincial
equipments are being transported to the repair site.
Governor Evardone also
assured Barangay Chairman of Panactad, also of the same town, similar
repairs to the road going to the village. His barangay, around 5
kilometers from the national highway, has an existing road already
however half of it is severely damaged due to the heavy rains that
affected the province in the past. “The barangay has no sufficient
funds for the rehabilitation of the roads that’s why in behalf of my
people, I am thanking governor (Evardone) for his kind generosity,”
Barangay Chairman Juan Abijo said in an interview.
Barangay Chairman Nilo
Cawaja of Rizal, also expressed appreciation to the provincial
government’s initiatives especially in improving provincial roads. “I
have never seen a governor going around the province, even to remote
areas, just to see the conditions of our barangays,” Cawaja said in
Campo said that the
Local Government Unit (LGU) of Quinapondan will always be behind the
governor in his programs and projects especially in the development of
barangays. Campo assured his chairmen and the governor that the LGU
will provide counterpart funds in the road repairs.
distributed 5 sets of water pumps for small irrigations to some
irrigation association in Quinapondan. Among the recipients of the
multi-purpose pumps were the Quinapondan Irrigators Association, San
Vicente Irrigators Association, San Pedro Irrigators Association and
Tinago Irrigators Association.
PGMA signs Tourism
Bill 2009 soon
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has received the Tourism Bill 2009
and she is expected to sign the Bill soon.
“I can assure the
industry and all its stakeholders that the Bill will be signed very
soon,” Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said in a radio interview over
The signing of the
Tourism Bill 2009 comes at a time when the Philippines is considered
as a favorite destination in Asia.
The Bill is entitled
"An Act declaring a national policy for tourism as an engine of
investment, employment, growth and national development, and
strengthening the Department of Tourism and its attached agencies to
effectively and efficiently implement that policy, and appropriating
The proposed Act
declares that tourism is an "indispensable element of the national
economy and an industry of national interest and importance, which
must be harnessed as an engine of socio-economic growth and cultural
affirmation to generate investment, foreign exchange and employment,
and to continue to mold an enhanced sense of national pride for all
The tourism statute
aims to promote the country as the premier tourist destination in Asia
and to upgrade its level of international competitiveness through a
system of accreditation, standards-setting and classification.
When signed into law,
the Bill empower the Department of Tourism by strengthening the
different agencies attached to it in order to more efficiently and
effectively coordinate the functions and resources of government for
tourism promotions and development programs, as well as eliminate
overlaps of functions.
The bill provides that
the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC) will be
reorganized to become the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), a body
corporate responsible for the marketing and promotion of the
Philippines as a global tourism destination, highlighting its tourism
products and services.
proposed law provides that the Philippine Tourism authority (PTA) will
also be reorganized to become the Tourism Infrastructure and
Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), a body corporate mandated to
designate, regulate and supervise tourism enterprise zones (TEZs) as
well as develop, manage and supervise tourism projects in the country.
Meanwhile, the Duty
Free Philippines will be reorganized to become the Duty Free
Philippines Corporation (DFPC), a body corporate mandated to operate
the duty and tax free merchandizing system in the country.
The Bill provides that
the TPB and TIEZA will each have a capitalization of P250-Million and
subscribed by the national government.
Under the proposed
law, the funding for TPB will come from investment earnings from the
Tourism Promotions Trust; appropriation fro the national government of
not less than P500-Million annually for at least five years from the
time of its constitution; 70 percent of the 50 percent net income of
the DFPC accruing to the Department; at least 25 percent of the
national government share remitted by international airports and
seaports to the National Treasury.
On the other hand, the
funding for TIEZA come from 50 percent proceeds from travel tax
collections; a reasonable share from the collections of the Office of
Tourism Resource Generation; income from projects managed by the TIEZA;
subsidies or grants from local and foreign sources.
DFPC will be P500-Million and funding for its operations will be
sourced from its internally generated income and other receipts.
With the signing of
the Tourism Bill into law very soon by President Arroyo, the Tourism
industry in the country will hopefully be strengthened and pave the
way for a greater cooperation between the public and private sector,
as it is a vital ingredient towards the development of the industry.
DOLE turns over
P300,000 TUPAD checks to Malitbog LGU
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
April 21, 2009
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – Regional Director Forter Puguon of the Department of Labor
and Employment (DOLE) handed to Mayor George Go of Malitbog town last
week a check in the amount of P300,000 for payment of labor services
engaged in the maintenance and rehabilitation of a farm-to-market road
The turn-over was made
in the afternoon of Thursday, April 16, at the Candy’s Function Room
here prior to the start of an advocacy campaign on two laws involving
child labor and anti-trafficking in persons attended by barangay
captains and operators of videoke outlets.
Fe Norma Valuis, the
provincial DOLE chief, stated shortly before releasing the check that
the FMR project in Malitbog that they funded fell under the Tulong
Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program.
Of all the eighteen
municipalities in Southern Leyte, only the town of
was able to submit a project proposal under the TUPAD program, Valuis
Six barangays were
benefited by the FMR project, and 75 workers were employed, receiving
wages at P200 per day for 75 days, Valuis added.
The local government
of Malitbog paid for the Philhealth benefits of the workers as their
counterpart of the project.
Mayor Go thanked
heartily the DOLE office for the assistance extended to the
Valuis said that
another similar funding assistance was in the pipeline for the
fisherfolks of Mambajao, Maasin, for the purchase of materials for
their fishing livelihood.