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PRESS RELEASE – August 16, 2013 Friday | ROAD WIDENING

MAYOR RAMA NAG-'OCULAR INSPECTION' SA DALAN MJ CUENCO

(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) Alang sa planong 'Road Wideninig' kon pagpalapad sa dalan gibisita ni re-elected Cebu City Mayor Michael Lopez Rama uban sa mga representante sa Department of Public Works and Highways kon DPWH, ug pipila ka mga kawani sa dakbayan ang dalan MJ Cuenco ning syudad kagahapon sa hapon Agosto 15, 2013, adlawng Huwebes.

Gipahigayon ang 'Ocular inspection' kini human sa panagtigom didto sa buhatan sa Mayor uban silang Engr. Rachel Lumapas sa DPWH Rehiyon 7; Engr. Lito Catubig sa DPWH Cebu City District Engineering Office kon CCDEO; Atty. Brando Ray Raya, ang hepe sa Legal Office sa DPWH Rehiyon 7; Engr. Joel Riston sa Cebu City Department of Engineering and Public Works kon DEPW; Atty. Jerone Castillo, ang hepe sa Cebu City Legal Office; ug Jonathan Tumulak, ang Operations head sa Cebu City Traffic Operations Management kon CITOM.

Nakita sa grupo ang pipila ka mga edipisyo ug panimalay ang nakalapas na gyod sa gitaganang 3-meter easement gikan sa kalsada, ilabina ang dapit sa Barangay Hall sa Barangay Mabolo.

Kahinumduman nga niadtong Agosto 2, 2012 halos kapin sa Usa ka tuig na ang milabay personal usab nga gibisita sa Mayor ang dalan MJ Cuenco gikan sa Imus Road paingon sa Simbahan sa Mabolo. Nasuta sa maong inspection nga 4 lamang sa 16 ka mga panimalay ang lihitimong 'Ancestral Heritage House'. Kini gipanag-iya sa kaliwat nilang Amparo Urot-Rubi sa Barangay Carreta, Juanita Chui sa Barangay Hipodromo, ug Nersas Macasero ug Ashly Bacalla parehong anaa sa Barangay Mabolo.

Samtang mokabat ug Php16,000.00 matag metro kwadrado ang kantidad sa mga luna nga mabayaran sa Kauluhan nga Kagamhanan pinaagi sa DPWH alang sa gitawag nga "Just Compensation."

Kahinumduman usab nga gitigom sa Mayor ang mga apektadong pamilya alang sa pagpalapad sa maong dalan alang sa usa ka konsultasyon didto sa Sinulog Hall niadtong Hulyo 30 sa milabayng tuig.

Sa pagsuwat ning balita, padayon pang giplantsa sa dakbayan ug DPWH ang pagsulbad sa mga legal nga isyu ug uban pang gikinahanglang lakang alang sa katumanan sa dul-an Usa ka kilometro nga "Road widening project" sa dalan MJ Cuenco. (Ni: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados, PIO Staff)

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Head-on Collision

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17 dead as passenger ship sinks off Cebu

MANILA (4th UPDATE) – At least 17 people were killed after a passenger ship sank Friday night following a collision with a cargo vessel off the coast of Talisay City, Cebu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

Authorities said the collision between 2GO passenger vessel MV St. Thomas Aquinas and Sulpicio Express 7 occurred at Lawis Ledge at around 8:45 p.m.

Hundreds of passengers of the 2GO passenger vessel MV St. Thomas Aquinas had to jump into the water as the ship began to sink.

A total of 692 passengers and crew members were reportedly on board the vessel.

PCG Vice-Commandant for Operations Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr. said search and rescue operations are being conducted by the PCG and Philippine Navy. Several fishing vessels are also helping in the rescue.

Authorities said 575 passengers have been rescued, as of 12:35 a.m.

Most of the survivors were brought to the Talisay District Hospital.

The MV St. Thomas Aquinas came from Agusan del Norte and was headed for Manila via Cebu.

One of the passengers, Mantilla Domingo, said the ship was scheduled to arrive in Cebu at around 10 p.m.

"Something caught up with the vessel and then I just saw that it was already slowly sinking. The passengers then started jumping out of the vessel," said Domingo.

Another passenger who was rescued, Glenda Sabadilla, said most of the passengers were already sleeping when the incident happened.

"Then there was a commotion and everyone was already searching for their life vests, and then we all started jumping out of the sinking vessel," she said.

Rachel Capuno, a security officer of the ferry's owners, told a Cebu radio station that the ship was sailing into port when it collided head-on with the cargo ship.

"The impact was very strong," she said, adding the ferry sank within 30 minutes of the collision.

PCG spokesman Commander Armando Balilo said there was no immediate information on how many crew members were aboard the cargo ship.

The cause of the collision was not immediately known. -- Reports from Zandro Ochona and June Perez, dzMM; Edgar Escalante and Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas; Agence France-Presse

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source: http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=22&title=F.-F.-Cruz-said-interested-in-Mandaue-reclamation-deal&id=74930

F. F. Cruz said interested in Mandaue reclamation deal


CEBU CITY -- Contractor F. F. Cruz & Co., Inc. has shown interest in challenging the unsolicited proposal of a consortium led by R-II Builders, Inc. to undertake a P9-billion reclamation project in Mandaue City.

The contractor, which reclaimed about two decades ago 180 hectares (ha.) of foreshore and submerged lands now known as the Mandaue Reclamation Area, sent a representative to the pre-bid conference last Tuesday for the new reclamation project.

Giovanni Y. Tianero, head of the Mandaue City legal office and a member of the Special Bids and Awards Committee, said a representative of proponent Sultan 900 Consortium also showed up for the conference. The consortium presented an unsolicited proposal last year to undertake the project for P9 billion.

“The pre-bid conference went smoothly. We required the parties to submit any questions in writing three days before the conference. No one submitted any questions…” Mr. Tianero said in an interview.

Pinie Perez, head of the Bids and Awards Committee secretariat, said other interested parties may still purchase bid forms before Sept. 2, which is the deadline for the submission of bids.

Mr. Tianero said bids will be opened on Sept. 2 and that the contract will most likely be awarded by November.

“The technical working group will need time to review the submissions thoroughly,” he said.

The Mandaue City government is bidding out a contract for the development, financing, engineering and design, as well as reclamation and development of 131 ha. of foreshore and submerged lands into the proposed Global City Mandaue Project.

The project will cover foreshore land at Cansaga Bay, from Barangay Paknaan to the area near the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge, also known as the second Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.

It will have as components a waterfront commercial center; an agro-industrial logistics park; Cansaga Bay Commercial and Residential Center; as well as Mandaue Central Watersport and Leisure Park. -- John Paolo G. Bago

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Post by Jan on Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:24 am

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/473207/cebu-moves-to-stop-cordova-oil-slick#ixzz2crR37kHl

Cebu moves to stop Cordova oil slick



CORDOVA, Cebu—Cebuanos are racing against time to stop the spread of an oil slick that endangers marine life in a coastal municipality on Mactan Island where the livelihood of 5,000 fishermen is on the line.

Local officials have been appealing for saw dust, coconut husks, feathers, hair, stockings and used clothing that can be used for makeshift oil spill booms to stop the spread of oil from a sunken passenger vessel that went down after being rammed by a cargo ship on Aug. 16.

These materials were identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as environment-friendly oil absorbent.

The appeal didn’t fall on deaf ears.

A six-wheel truck delivered saw dust from furniture companies from Mactan Export Zone to Cordova town, which was worst hit by the oil slick.

The Tuburan municipal government delivered a truckload of coconut husks while private establishments in Barangay Mabolo in Cebu City sent drums and oil absorbent fibers to Cordova.

Golden Prince Hotel also sent to Cordova 300 pieces of used bed sheets while Cebu Private Power Corp. donated absorbent pads, absorbent booms and chemical gloves.

The inmates at Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) volunteered to have haircuts on Thursday so they could donate their hair to Cordova town.

According to CPDRC consultant Marco Toral, five sacks of hair were collected after 1,650 inmates volunteered to have haircuts.

ABS-CBN Cebu has set up a drop-off point for the indigenous materials at Fuente Osmeña Circle, which will be picked up by trucks from Cordova.

So far, ABS-CBN was able to send eight dump trucks full of indigenous materials, mostly human and dog hair, chicken feathers, saw dust and used clothing.

The oil collected will be given to cement plants in Naga City and San Fernando town in southern Cebu and will be used to run their machines.

Passenger vessel MV St. Thomas Aquinas of 2GO, from Agusan del Norte, was rammed by cargo ship MV Sulpicio Express Siete of the Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp. (formerly Sulpicio Lines Inc.) around

9 p.m. on Aug. 16 while entering the Mactan Channel off Lawis Ledge, Talisay City, just 3.2 kilometers from the port.

The Thomas Aquinas sank a few minutes after it was rammed. As of Thursday, 75 bodies have been retrieved while 46 remained missing. More than 500 passengers were rescued.

But oil started to leak from the sunken ship, which was loaded with 20 tons of diesel oil and 120 tons of bunker oil.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III has declared a state of calamity in the entire province after the oil slick reached 12 of 13 villages in Cordova town and portions of Talisay and Lapu-Lapu cities.

A DENR assessment report showed that 328 hectares of mangroves contracted by nine peoples’ organizations in Cordova town and one in Lapu-Lapu City were destroyed.

The report said these mangrove plantations were established from 2009 to 2012 through the integrated coastal resource management project.

Most mangroves were less than a meter tall and had died due to lack of or the absence of carbon dioxide required during photosynthesis and too much heat generated by the oil slick. Hydrocarbons in crude or lube oil emit or discharge heat.

Severely hit by the oil spill were barangays Bangbang, Buagsong, Day-as, Catarman, Poblacion, Alegria, Gabi, Pilipog and San Miguel in Cordova.

Three villages in Lapu-Lapu— Calawisan, Babag, and Suba-basbas—were also affected as well as some beach resorts in the city, which Mactan Island is famous for.

Guests were advised to stay out of the water while resorts used old towels and bed sheets in collecting oil before this reached the shore.

Because of the oil slick, the livelihood of 5,000 fishermen in Cordova was put on the line.

Fisherman Roger Sumagang said he stopped fishing since Aug. 17, a day after the sinking of the Thomas Aquinas because oil covered the catch he had when he tried to fish.

Consumers also refused to buy any sea product—shellfish and fish—after learning that these were caught in the area, he added.

On regular days, Sumagang said a fisherman could earn a minimum of P200 a day. If they were lucky, he added they could get as much as P1,000 a day.

Sumagang, head of Nagkahiusang Mananagat sa Bangbang (Namasba), said even their fish pen was hit by the oil slick and killed most of the fish that were due for harvest next month.

He said their group lost P330,000 for the 2,000 pieces of grouper that were found floating in the fish pens and P15,000 for the 3,000 pieces of dead rabbitfish.

Namasba has 69 members with more than 100 dependents.

Rodrigo Agasita, Namasba liaison officer, raised fears that with their main source of livelihood gone, they might not be able to feed their children who have to go to school.

Sumagang said they received each an initial kilo of rice on Tuesday but it was barely enough to feed a family with six children.

Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy told the affected fishermen that they would continue to receive food assistance from the municipality.

Andres Bojos, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director in Central Visayas, said his office had set aside P1.4 million in livelihood assistance for the affected fishermen in Cordova.

He said the livelihood programs would include mangrove potting and planting. The regional BFAR would also provide fuel to fishermen so they could fish in areas not affected by the oil slick.

At least 120 households are seen to benefit from the initial BFAR livelihood assistance.

In the meantime, a massive cleanup drive was launched by local government units, military, police, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and concerned citizens to remove the oil slick from Mactan waters.

On Wednesday, some residents, policemen and soldiers installed improvised spill booms.

Two London-based oil spill experts from the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) arrived on Aug. 19 in Cordova to assess the extent of the oil spill and discuss with the PCG measures to stop its spread.

They were Dr. Michael O’Brien, an expert in environmental impact analysis, resource valuation and damage assessment, and Nicky Cariglia, an expert in tropical coastal management.

A team of Japanese salvage experts, also arranged by the firm 2GO, which owns the Thomas Aquinas, arrived on Aug. 20. The Japanese salvage team includes technical divers and an expert in salvaging oil from sunken vessels.

To stop the spread of the slick, 2GO provided 30 drums of organic oil dispersant (approved by the PCG); 30 pairs of gloves; 300 pieces of masks; 50 pieces of rakes; 100 pieces of garbage sacks; 50 pieces of absorbent pads; 100 pieces of pail or sacks for disposal; 10 units of backpack sprayer, and several other items.


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Vatican to inspect Cebu; Pope’s visit still uncertain

Post by Jan on Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:39 pm

source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/09/03/vatican-inspect-cebu-pope-s-visit-still-uncertain-301146

Vatican to inspect Cebu; Pope’s visit still uncertain

By Bernadette A. Parco
Tuesday, September 3, 2013


VATICAN officials will be in Cebu next week to inspect possible venues for activities related to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in 2016, said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

Palma said that although it is not sure if Pope Francis would attend, preparations are done with the premise that the pontiff would be present during the concluding activity of the eight-day congress in January 2016.

He said only the Holy See or the papal office can confirm Pope Francis’ attendance.

The 2016 eucharistic congress, whose celebration will be based on the theme, “Christ in You, our Hope of Glory,” will be held at the templete or outdoor altar at the South Road Properties (SRP), which was used for the national thanksgiving mass for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod.

A similar event was done in 1937 in the Luneta Park in Manila.

Palma said Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the pontifical committee for international eucharistic congresses, and two other officials from Vatican City in Italy, will be in Cebu starting Sept. 10 to inspect churches, hotels, the SRP, procession routes, places for pilgrimage and other areas of interest.

Palma said over his morning program over the Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) yesterday that Marini will also attend meetings with theologians and the working committees of the international event.

“Gipadala na ang formal request (A formal request has been made),” he said, adding that the pope’s attendance would likely depend on his health.

Moved

The eucharistic congress will be held from Jan. 25 to 31 next year. It was originally set in May of the same year, but was moved earlier upon the request of the Vatican, prompting talks that Pope Francis would attend the event.

Margie Matheu, a member of the Secretariat for the preparations committee, said the biggest challenge is the venue because they could not find a place that would hold 15,000 people for a Cathechetical conference.

The next major challenge is accommodation for delegates because they only identified 4,000 rooms in Cebu City, she said.

These concerns are part of the briefing kit distributed to the members of the preparations committee.

Parts

There are two parts of the international gathering, said Matheu.

The International theological Symposium will be from Jan. 20 to 23, and would be attended by 1,000 delegates. The International Eucharistic Congress proper is set on Jan. 24 to 31, 2016.

Palma oversees the national committee overseeing the preparations for the event.

A website would be set up by the Archdiocese of Cebu to provide updates on the event.

Preparations for the congress include finding translators and facilitating visa requirements when needed.

Repairs

In a separate interview, Fr. Brian Brigoli said the templete would need minor repairs.

Brigoli, who was a member of the committee on venue for the San Pedro Calungsod national thanksgiving mass, said they will prepare the templete even if the Pope’s presence is not certain.

Meanwhile, CCTN president Dodong Limchua announced that they will increase their power to be able to expand coverage to Luzon and Mindanao.

He said CCTN will broadcast with additional 30,000 watts this month and another 100,000 watts by December.

Dennis Tabar, CCTN news director, said the station bought additional equipment for about P3 million and will be hiring more reporters.

The reformat of the news and public affairs program of CCTN is part of preparations for the International Eucharistic Congress, said lawyer Divine Marcial-Flores.

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Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2013/09/22/company-offers-chopper-service-304713


Company offers chopper service

By Katlene O. Cacho
Sunday, September 22, 2013


THE growing business and tourism sectors in Cebu have prompted GCA Skyline Aviation Inc. to engage in helicopter rental.

The company acquired Eurocopter’s six-seater AS350B3e light utility helicopter for its private commercial operations within the Visayas-Mindanao area.

According to Skyline Aviation sales and marketing officer Veronica Rich, there are not enough companies in Cebu that offer helicopter rental.

“The helicopter rental business in Manila is quite saturated already. We looked at Cebu and we think this is a promising market, given its strategic location in Southern Philippines,” Rich said during the company’s launch at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa on Friday.

She said she is optimistic about doing business in Cebu because of its booming economy, citing robust business activities in both services and tourism industries.

Quickest way

“Flying is both the quickest and most convenient way for VIPs and executives to travel from one location to another and for tourists to explore what each island offers, from a vantage point,” she said.

She said the Chocolate Hills in Bohol is one of the must-see destinations up in the air.

Skyline Aviation was founded in Cebu this year. The company hopes to “provide both comfort and luxury to guests craving for a memorable experience in the air.”

Its Eurocopter AS350B3e has a capacity of five passengers and is powered by one Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engine. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 2,250 kilograms.

Rich, however, declined to disclose the investment of the company but said “they have poured in a significant amount to make this a long-term business in Cebu.”

Skyline Aviation offers services like charter flights, medevac/air ambulance, sightseeing tours, aerial land surveys, valuable cargo transport, search and rescue, disaster relief and special event flights.

The company is located at Lot. 5 Mactan-Cebu International Airport General Aviation, Brgy. Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City.

Rich said the company will begin its daylight commercial operations this October.

Eurocopter Philippines commercial director Jussi Hoikka said they are expanding their operations in the Philippines through companies like Skyline, which uses their brand-new helicopter unit.

Growing business

“The helicopter rental business in the Philippines is growing. In fact, the demand has already outstripped the supply. Skyline, making our helicopter commercially available, allows us to cover other areas not only in Manila,” said Hoikka.

He said the operation of Skyline in Cebu is a cost-effective measure for Cebuano companies. In the past, Cebu companies got the services of Manila companies, which are expensive.

Eurocopter Philippines Inc. is a subsidiary of the Eurocopter Group, a global helicopter manufacturing and support company. The company was established in 1997 with 70 percent of the shares owned by Eurocopter and 30 percent by the Philippines Aerospace Development Corp., which is an agency of the Department of Transportation and Communications.

Eurocopter Phillipines’ market share in terms of units stood at 60 percent and 80 percent in terms of top corporate and VIPS client base.

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Educational publisher goes digital

By Jeandie O. Galolo
Sunday, September 29, 2013


ONE of the oldest educational publishing ventures in the country is building a digital platform to help upgrade the country’s educational system.

Vibal Group of Companies, a 60-year old book publisher established in 1953, invested about P150 million to make education a “social and mobile” experience for both students and teachers, said its president and chief executive officer Gus Vibal during an interview last week.

“This has (digital education) to be explored even if it can hurt businesses,” said Vibal.

He said turning printed books to digital copies that can easily be pirated can hurt the business. Despite that, Vibal believes they have to keep up with the changing needs of the customers, especially with technology becoming more affordable to everyone.

The publishing company has made available to the public the Vibe Reader, a universal e-book reader for iOs, Android and Windows devices.

Vibal said the innovation adopted by Vibe Reader has gone beyond plain text as it also incorporated rich multimedia content and other supplements to enhance the reading and learning experience of the students.

The publishing company also adopted an offline-online mobile and social learning system, the V-Smart, where the learning progress of the students will be stored in the “cloud,” enabling teachers to monitor the progress of their students. Cloud storage is a system that hosts files on servers over the Internet, instead of locally in the computer.

The publisher also partnered with companies like Samsung, Google and Microsoft to advance their digital education endeavors.

“For the past 60 years, we were just concerned about publishing educational books but we don’t know what happened to students after they get our books....With that, we don’t see the progress of learning,” Vibal said.

The digital education advocacy originally started in 2006 with the Vibal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Vibal Group of Companies, providing a free access to e-books online.

Vibal said he observed that many Filipinos, especially children, do not have easy access to books. This encouraged him to digitize them.

But it was in 2011 when Vibal started to incorporate digital books into the academe with the request of the local government of Laguna. Vibal was made the content provider for the Rizaliana classics, which were then incorporated into 1,000 tablets distributed to students.

In September of the same year, La Salle Greenhills also tapped Vibal to provide digital textbooks to its elementary and high school students.

Vibal also donated P25-million worth of Samsung all-in-one personal computers to 500 public special education classrooms including the National High School for the Blind.

Vibal Group of Companies and Procter and Gamble envision to give away one million personal computers to public schools nationwide by 2035.

“What we are doing (in adopting digital education) is not a new thing. But what makes us different from others is that we make sure that learning is made social and mobile where the learning process goes beyond the four walls of the classroom,” Vibal said.

He said the future of Philippine education should be leveraged on social and mobile technology. Social being an “engaging” learning tool to students and mobile which means making learning accessible anytime to students “with a touch.”

But Vibal said that not only those who can afford should have access to social and mobile learning technology.

“In Vibal, we believe that no one should be left behind,” he said.

Vibal said the company will be giving away 1,000 Chromebooks, a type of laptop, to public schools.


Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2013/09/29/educational-publisher-goes-digital-305906

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Post by Jan on Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:44 pm

Dakak steps up promotion, opens Cebu office


By Mia A. Aznar
Sunday, September 29, 2013


ONCE one of the country’s most popular resorts, Dakak took a backseat some 10 years ago and made way for other resort destinations to flourish.

After the hiatus, Dakak Park and Beach Resort hopes to make its presence known and remind travelers that they never went away.

This made them reopen their marketing offices in key areas of the country. Last Friday, they formally opened their Cebu office at the 2 Mango Place, hoping to catch the attention of travelers who frequent Cebu and might be interested in a side trip to Dapitan City.

Far from fight

Operators of the resort also hope to make things clear that the province of Zamboanga del Norte, where Dakak belongs, is not that close to Zamboanga City, where government troops have been fighting off a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front.

“We are even closer to Cebu and Dumaguete,” said chairman Romeo Jalosjos Sr., who was present at the office blessing. He is not shy about distancing themselves from the negative publicity brought about by the fighting, saying news of such violence tend to
affect other cities and provinces that are doing much better.

In one of their promotion materials for Aliguay Island, one of the areas that is part of the Dakak property, Jalosjos said they are pegging it as “an island off Cebu.”

“Just to emphasize where it is. We want to take advantage of our proximity to Cebu.”

His daughter, Svetlana Jalosjos-de Leon, admitted the fighting has affected their operations, as they had just opened their marketing office in Zamboanga City two months ago. But some also have the perception that Dakak is close to where the fighting took place.

“It’s actually like traveling from Manila to Baguio City,” she explained.

They hope to promote Dakak aggressively by reopening some of the marking offices they used to have. Aside from Cebu and Zamboanga, they have marketing offices in Manila and Cagayan de Oro.

More to offer

De Leon said Dapitan City has so much more to offer and that they used the last 10 years to improve their facilities and make new developments.

They have built a function room large enough for 1,000 people along with other rooms to fit 80 to 100 guests. They boast of having the longest zipline in Asia for thrill seekers and are extending their developments towards Aliguay Island. They are completing a golf course and seaside residential community.

Aside from the features of the resort, De Leon said there are other attractions tourists can visit, including the site where Jose Rizal spent four years in exile, a river cruise and the Fantasyland theme park.

They have arranged promotions including tour packages to attract travelers to visit.

Jalosjos added that they are planning to acquire twin engine planes and a fast craft to make getting to Dakak easier. Should the plans push through, Jalosjos said tourists could easily book trips via boat or plane either from Cebu or Dumaguete to reach the resort.

Jalosjos admitted opening up an office in Cebu was a big step for them, noting that it is a prime tourist destination. They hope Cebu can do for them what it has for Bohol, Siquijor and Boracay--become a gateway to their destination.

He also acknowledged that they have their work cut out for them, saying most had thought Dakak had closed but they are confident in their readiness to welcome new visitors by opening their new marketing office.



Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2013/09/29/dakak-steps-promotion-opens-cebu-office-305902

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Post by Jan on Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:24 am

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Fairtrade Philippines launched in Cebu


By Mia A. Aznar
Wednesday, October 2, 2013


MOST Filipino consumers view fair trade products as expensive. A group of organizations hopes to change this perception and establish a local market that patronizes fair trade goods.

Fairtrade Philippines was launched in Cebu yesterday to raise the awareness of the Philippine market on fair trade principles and develop a local market for fair trade.

Teresa Pono of SIGNAsia, one of four project partners of Freetrade Philippines, said they hope to change certain perceptions of free trade and make local consumers see that goods are not necessarily expensive of they are free trade, even if they are paying extra for fair trade premiums.

Premiums are used to fund investments in quality and productivity improvements of businesses.

While organizations producing fair trade goods are not many, Pono said there are several in the country but most of them are exporters. She explained that these exporters had to be free trade-certified to meet the demands of their buyers overseas.

As far as the domestic market is concerned, not many know the impact of fair trade goods have on producers of goods.

The two-year program will be implemented by Freetrade International and funded by the German Investment and Development Bank. Partners of the project include FLO-Cert, SIGNAsia, ASSIST Asia and the OURFood program of AFOS Foundation and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Project areas include the provinces of Negros Oriental and Occidental and Dalaguete in Cebu.

Rozzitsa Krüger of Freetrade International said there is a big movement in Europe about fairer market conditions and that their consumers have a high awareness about these. She noted that euro4.9 billion was spent by consumers on fair trade products in 2011, up 12 percent from 2010. A survey they conducted showed six out of 10 consumers trust the Fairtrade International mark.

She said fair trade products are sold in over 120 countries, though the bulk of these are sold in Europe.

They consider Asia as a new market, including the Philippines. Retail sales for fair trade products in the Philippines was at just euro13,879.

Their organization supports over 1.3 million farmers in 70 countries. They have 1,149 producer organizations under their belt, up 16 percent from 2011. They estimate over euro80 million in fair trade premiums were paid.

They hope to encourage more producers to be part of Freetrade International and get support in the form of safety nets, securing fair trade premiums, producer support, access to financing and increasing markets, facilitating information and training and promoting better living wages and conditions for workers.

They are targeting business organizations to give them the opportunity to improve their business and invest in farmers and workers. Products are labeled with the Fairtrade mark so that consumers around the world can choose to buy these over other products knowing the producer has been treated and paid fairly.

To join, an organization should meet a basic set of criteria organized into social, environmental and Business development standards. Independent company FLO-Cert will then inspect the organization and farms producing the goods to see if they meet the standards.

Marketing organizations then promote the Fairtrade products to businesses and consumers.


Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/business/2013/10/02/fairtrade-philippines-launched-cebu-306476

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