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Virac Earthquake Sensor Gets Phivolcs Upgrade

Scientists from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology (Phivolcs) and a Japanese research institute last week upgraded an existing earthquake sensing facility in the capital town of Virac as part of a five-year project funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The seven-man team, led by Senior Science Research Specialist Arnaldo Melosantos of the Phivolcs’ Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division, arrived Nov. 17 for two days of meticulous work installing a so-called Broadband Sensor and accessory equipment at the facility located on top of a small hill inside Mayor Cito Alberto’s sprawling fighting-cock farm in Palta Small. The other team members included Dr. Hiroshi Inoue, chief seismologist, and Dr. Nelson Pulido, researcher, both of the Japan National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention based in Tsukuba City.

The new device, which replaced the previous short-period sensor, will be able to detect earthquakes anywh…

18 Girls to Vie for Bb. San Andres Nov. 20

Eighteen candidates coming from the different barangays and four national high schools are competing for the crown of Binibining San Andres during the beauty pageant set this Nov. 20 at the San Andres Gymnasium.

The top five finalists and eventual winners will join the civic/military parade on November 29, 2010 as part of their official functions in connection with the celebration of the town fiesta and will participate in any official activity and major activities of the Municipal Government of San Andres.

The beauties were presented to the public last month at Casa Romano in barangay Belmonte. They are

Anna Lee Fernandez (San Andres Vocational School), Manilyn Salvador (Yocti), Maricar Candeluna (Bagong Sirang), Rochelle Oliveros (Codon 1), Joan Gallardo (Codon 2), Angelica Vellen (Codon NHS), Krizza Isip (Sta. Cruz), Roselyn Magno (Sapang Palay), Princes Reyna Palomo (Bislig), Mia Lumabi (SAVS), Nenita Soneja (Batong Paluway), Melissa Borre (San Jose), Marjorie Solano (Carangag), …

New DOT Tourism Logo, Website Withdrawn

The new logo “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” and website of the Department of Tourism were abruptly pulled out shortly after its “preview” on Monday following a rash of criticism.

Cebu tourism stakeholders were also puzzled by the change.

"In the first place, it would have been good if it was nationally accepted, but it's Tagalog... There must have been some consultation, I'm sure, but was the Cebuano community consulted on this?" asked Provincial Board Member Agnes Magpale, head of the PB committee on tourism.

She said industry stakeholders should have been consulted beforehand.

Magpale said she was worried about the new slogan "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" because foreign tourists may not understand it.

"If this is for the international market, maybe we should use English so that everybody will understand. Or maybe we should limit it (slogan) to one word, like the 'wow' in 'Wow Philippines,' which is universally understood," Magpale said.

Cebu re…

Starting Monday, ‘Pilipinas Kay Ganda’ Will Greet Tourists

Starting Monday, the Philippines will adopt “Pilipinas kay Ganda" as its new slogan in what Malacañang described as a bid to "reinvigorate" the country's tourism campaign.

President Benigno Aquino III said the new slogan to be launched Nov. 15 will replace the existing slogan "WOW Philippines".

The slogan aims to "reinvigorate our country’s tourism campaign and double tourist arrivals within the next three years," said a Malacañang statement posted Saturday night on the Presidential Communications Operations Office website.

Aquino, who is now in Japan for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, said the government will also train tourist police and guides to ensure the safety of local and foreign tourists alike.

Earlier this month, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said it would allocate P100 million for new media promotions, including a new website, to reach its goal of doubling tourist arrivals.

Philippine tourism suffered a blow last Aug.…

DBP Branch to Open in Virac Next Year: LGU, Manufacturers Seek P69.5-M in Loans from DBP

A local government unit, three micro-finance institutions and non-government organizations, and 27 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Catanduanes have expressed interest in securing loans totaling P69.5 million from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), which would establish a branch in Virac in the 3rd quarter of 2011. According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office, which sponsored last week’s financing forum with DBP, the municipal government of San Andres is keen in borrowing P35 million for its proposed fishport and terminal while the micro-finance institutions and NGOs have submitted applications for P4.5 million in loans. The MSMEs, on the other hand, would like to secure a total of P30 million in credit from DBP for their handicraft, trucking, trading, poultry and other small businesses, including financing for the operation of local schools. Seventy-six participants, including local chief executives and municipal officials fr…