EDITORIAL: Help put the Philippines on the global tourism map

As Jose P. Laurel famously observed: “No one can help the Filipinos better than the Filipinos themselves”. It rings especially true now that we have an opportunity to promote what is unique, positive and endearing about our country through the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) campaign.


Foreign tourist arrivals hit 1.3M mark for 2011

Foreign tourist arrivals hit 1.3M mark for 2011: More than 1.3 million foreign tourists visited the Philippines from January to April 2011 representing a 13.33% increase from the same period last year, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported.


OPAPP supports local fisheries project in North Cotabato

OPAPP supports local fisheries project in North Cotabato: In an effort to mitigate conflict through poverty reduction, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles has expressed support to a community-led fisheries initiative dubbed “Peace Pens” in a North Cotabato village.


DBM releases P3.430B to boost rice production

DBM releases P3.430B to boost rice production: The Department of Budget and Management has released P3.430 billion for the National Rice Program (NRP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to help farmers increase their yields towards achieving rice self-sufficiency by 2013.


Roadmap for Philippine Tourism to be launched

Roadmap for Philippine Tourism to be launched: To develop the Philippines as the “must experience” destination in Asia, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is drafting a National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) that will ensure the development of tourism as a sustainable and inclusive revenue driver.


PAGCOR pays P1.66 billion bank loans ahead of schedule

PAGCOR pays P1.66 billion bank loans ahead of schedule: Heady revenues and savings from reduced operating expenses enabled the state-owned gaming firm Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to pay P1.66 billion in outstanding obligations to the Philippine National Bank and Land Bank of the Philippines six years ahead of schedule.


PHL now Foot and Mouth Disease Free

PHL now Foot and Mouth Disease Free: The entire Philippines was recently certified free from foot and mouth disease without vaccination by the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) or World Organization for Animal Health.