Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Manila Bulletin Scores a Major Scoop (Again!)

Manila Bulletin again has "outscooped" all other national dailies with its banner story today: "Nation Honors Its Departed Loved Ones on All Saints' Day." Read also its editorial titled simply: "All Saints' Day."

Boracay is a major revenue earner in the Philippines, with total BIR collections amounting to P300 million as of September 2006. Now called "The Crown Jewel of the Philippine Tourism Industry," revenue collections in Boracay have been consistently rising in the past five years, indicating a "tourism boom" in that island-resort. But all is not well in paradise. Disgruntled employees of Club Panoly picketed the Caticlan Jetty Port to protest their retrenchment and the said resort's alleged unfair labor practices. Also, government wants to enforce a "one-entry, one-exit" policy to better secure the island from terrorists and criminals. The plan is being opposed by boat operators and residents there. And of course, there is the long-standing controversy regarding the ownership of lots in Boracay. Long-time residents and resort-owners are opposing Proclamation 1064 which seeks to reclassify 628 hectares as forest and agricultural land. The present occupants would rather acquire their lots thru "judicial titling."

Finally, President Arroyo has accepted the resignation of all PRC-BON (Board of Nursing) members. After several false starts, the Court of Appeals okayed the oath-taking of new nurses. NCLEX executives, in their courtesy call in MalacaƱang recently, also said that they were hopeful that the Philippine government would be able to resolve the nursing leak controversy satisfactorily. The only thing missing now is the punishment of those that caused the leakage. But all in all, I am glad that things are slowly working out for our nursing graduates.

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Gov’t to allot P29 B for Western Visayas' developmentt --Manila Bulletin, Monday October 30,2006


ILOILO CITY — The national government will invest P29 billion in Western Visayas to upgrade existing projects and implement those that are already in the pipeline.

Tourism Secretary Ace Durano, opening the Western Visayas Tourism Forum at the Kalantiao Hall of the Sarabia Manor Hotel here, said Wednesday that the allocation is already available from the national government to better equip this region as the "pillar of tourism industry in the country."

The projects, which belong under the Medium Term Public Investment Program (MTPIP), are expected to be completed in 2010. These projects would complement the already existing tourism resources that this region has, and which are already attracting millions of domestic and foreign tourists.

The biggest investment will go to the construction of roads to the tune of P18.086 billion. Meanwhile, P9.253 billion was allotted for the airport construction and upgrading; P1.695 billion for energy and P0.080 billion for seaports.

In terms of airport projects, Durano cited the upgrading of the existing airport in Aklan to be able to cater to more regional flights. This ongoing project, according to the secretary, is fully funded by the national government to the tune of P179 million with the completion date set in April, 2008.

Another project is the New Iloilo Airport of International Standards on the 188-hectare lot in Cabatuan Sta. Barbara area. The airport is expected to open in March 2007, with 80 percent of the works already completed. The last airport project is the one situated in Silay City, which is expected to be opened in July next year. Latest report revealed that it is almost 80 percent completed.

Durano said he was confident in speaking about the various projects because funds are already allotted for them. He said a budget for the next four years was already crafted, although they still have to pass it to Congress every year for review. (PNA)



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Sana magkaroon ng sariling "ala National Hi-way" sa PANAY, papaikot sa buong isla ng Panay.

Sana isipin din ng mga taga Panay na magkaroon sila ng MRT , connecting Kalibo-Roxas City-Iloilo City-San Jose.

Ako mismo, ang project ko dyan sa Panay ay magkaroon sila ng sariling EXCHANGE ala "The Merc" (Chicago Mercantile Exchange).


Iloilo City Boy, sana maka-input ako sayo kung "bourse" lang naman ang pag-uusapan. Pwede na base sa fisheries industries o kaya:

"PANAY as the center of TOURISM RELATED INDEX" sa 'Hiligaynon Kahita'

Iloilo City Boy said...

Sure feel free to do that. But isn't a Panay-wide MRT economically feasible?

Anonymous said...

But isn't a Panay-wide MRT economically feasible?

Yesm it is. Panay is way bigger than the city state of Singapore' have more humna resource plus natural source and deep sea ports. With proper management, she can be the gateway to the pacific; the centre of commerce in the Philippines. think BIG..

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