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FEBRUARY 2014 VOLUME 16 NO.2

FEBRUARY 2014 VOLUME 16 NUMBER 4

PNoy urges tourism sector make PH a tourism hotspot President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged tourism industry stakeholders to go the extra mile to ensure the Philippines cements its position as a tourism hotspot. Speaking at the Philippine Travel Agencies Association’s 21st TravelTour Expo 2014 at the SMX Asia, the President said, “We cannot be satisfied with what we have achieved so far. The goal now is not merely to maintain our growth, but to cement our position as one of the world’s vacation hot spots.” He said his administration had undertaken steps to ensure visitors find their travels smooth and worryfree. Among these are reforms in civil aviation such as liberalizing airspace through the Pocket Open Skies Policy, and rationalization of taxes on foreign carriers. With added opportunities for both local and foreign airlines to expand operations in and out of the Philippines, he said, consumers now have more options when plan-

ning their trips. Government also continues to make massive investments in infrastructure—from construction and rehabilitation of roads leading

nations. It is not just about getting tourists to visit the Philippines once, but getting them to return. The possibilities ahead are limitless now that the world knows that it is indeed more fun in the Philippines!—and each one of us is asked to do his part to realize these possibilities,” he said. “Thus, I pose a question to all of you today: have we, as a nation, gone the extra mile to make our tourists the happiest visitors to the Philippines—the most fun place on earth?” he added. He reminded them as well that the success of any business balances profit with customer satisfaction, and to tourism clusters, to upgrading that the collective goal goes beyond airports and ports in key areas, the making sales and booking trips. President said. “What we want is for both Aquino challenged to stake- domestic and international tourists holders in the industry to go beyond to become advocates of the Philtheir achievements. ippines—visitors who will return “It is not just about sustain- again and again to explore every ing the appeal of already favored corner, every peak, every shoreline destinations; it is also about discov- of our archipelago, and encourage ering and marketing hidden desti- their friends and family to do the


Adopt a child the right way through legal adoption - DSWD -- As Filipinos celebrate February as Love Month, the Department of Social Welfare and Development encourages childless couples to express this by providing a needy child with a loving and stable family through legal adoption. This is the message of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman as the Department leads the celebration of Adoption Consciousness Week from February 15 to 23. The week-long event aims to disseminate basic information about adoption including the processes, requirements, and its benefits and effects. Adoption Help Desks will be set up in selected SM and Ayala Malls in Metro Manila to provide information on adoption to interested individuals and families. These will be manned by social workers from DSWD-Field Offices IV-A and IV-B, National Capital Region, as well as accredited

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child-placing agencies, such as Norfil Foundation Inc. and Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF). This year’s theme, “Legal na Pag-aampon sa Lahat ng

Pagkakataon”, emphasizes the importance of adhering to the legal adoption process in every situation, including during disasters. “This is especially true in the situation of orphaned children in Eastern Visayas where some Typhoon Yolanda survivors have taken custody of some orphans in their localities,” Sec. Soliman stated. “Children orphaned by ‘Yolanda’ deserve to get the proper psychological and

material support needed for their recovery,” Sec. Soliman underscored. DSWD, in partnership with local government units, international and local non-government organizations, has initiated the Rapid Family Tracing and Reunification Program (RFTRP) for the registration of orphaned children. As of December 2013, DSWD has initially registered 87 children who were orphaned due to the disaster. Sec. Soliman said that by registering, the families and individuals who are taking custody of orphaned children can become foster families or parents, and may avail of the benefits provided for under the Foster Care Act of 2012. In 2012, DSWD issued the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Foster Care

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Surigao to host 1st Regional Tourism Summit The Surigao City Tourism Council, the city government of Surigao, provincial government of Surigao del Norte, and the Department of Tourism (DOT) Caraga Region will host the 1st Regional Tourism Summit on March 6 to 7, 2014 at Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city.

P2,150.00 for liveIt also aims to bring to- in participants and gether those who share P1,650.00 for live-out the common objective will be collected from to acquire new knowl- each participant. edge, broaden networks and discover new approaches and challenges of today’s Tourism industry.

Participants to the summit are government officials and employees The two-day summit from the different muaims to provide a venue nicipalities, cities and for key players and provinces of Caraga, partners in the tourrepresentatives from ism industry to have the academe and operaa clear understanding tors of airlines, shipof Republic Act 9593 ping, travel and tours, otherwise known as the hotels and restaurants Tourism Act, its apand private individuals plicability at the grass- who are actively enroots and the role of the gaged in tourism develLGU and private tour- opment and operations. ism stakeholders in its implementation. A registration fee of 3 PASAY CITY, Feb 15 The Pagose February 2014 -- President Benigno


Adopt a child the right way through legal adoption - DSWD -- As Filipinos celebrate February as Love Month, the Department of Social Welfare and Development encourages childless couples to express this by providing a needy child with a loving and stable family through legal adoption. This is the message of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman as the Department leads the celebration of Adoption Consciousness Week from February 15 to 23. The week-long event aims to disseminate basic information about adoption including the processes, requirements, and its benefits and effects. Adoption Help Desks will be set up in selected SM and Ayala Malls in Metro Manila to provide information on adoption to interested individuals and families. These will be manned by social workers from DSWD-Field Offices IV-A and IV-B, National Capital Region, as well as accredited

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child-placing agencies, such as Norfil Foundation Inc. and Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF). This year’s theme, “Legal na Pag-aampon sa Lahat ng

Pagkakataon”, emphasizes the importance of adhering to the legal adoption process in every situation, including during disasters. “This is especially true in the situation of orphaned children in Eastern Visayas where some Typhoon Yolanda survivors have taken custody of some orphans in their localities,” Sec. Soliman stated. “Children orphaned by ‘Yolanda’ deserve to get the proper psychological and

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material support needed for their recovery,” Sec. Soliman underscored. DSWD, in partnership with local government units, international and local non-government organizations, has initiated the Rapid Family Tracing and Reunification Program (RFTRP) for the registration of orphaned children. As of December 2013, DSWD has initially registered 87 children who were orphaned due to the disaster. Sec. Soliman said that by registering, the families and individuals who are taking custody of orphaned children can become foster families or parents, and may avail of the benefits provided for under the Foster Care Act of 2012. In 2012, DSWD issued the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Foster Care


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