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Archive for March, 2007

Davao ready for battle

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

THE 230-member Davao Regional Prisaa Meet contingent is ready to compete in the National Prisaa Finals slated April 15 to 21 in Iloilo City.

Athletic manager Joaquin “Boy” Sarabia Thursday said the athletes have started extensive training since last week at UM Matina and Holy Cross.

“They are seriously getting ready for battle,” Sarabia said.

He told members of the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) in their weekly forum at the Tower Inn that they are conditioning the athletes in whatever weather condition awaits them in Iloilo.

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Tourism exec seeks okay of city dep’t

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

WITH tourism as one of leading sources of income for Baguio, Tourism Officer Benedicto Alhambra asked anew for the creation of a separate department that would cater solely to tourism issues.

The present tourism office has three personnel and is under the Office of the City Administrator of the mayor’s office.

Although the creation of a tourism department has been made part of the medium-term development plan of the city, Alhambra said this is still under status quo.

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Senior citizens’ exemption from EVAT sought

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

A group representing the 26-million members of the Social Security System (SSS) has asked President Arroyo to exempt senior citizens from the coverage of the 12 percent Expanded Value-Added Tax (EVAT) which it said has effectively reduced to eight percent the 20 percent discount on certain services and goods provided to them by the government.

In a letter to the Chief Executive, the United Social Security System Members Inc. (USSSMI) said “the grant of full exemption from the payment of 12 percent Expanded Value-Added Tax (E-VAT) to our senior citizens… would allow the elderly to enjoy in full the 20 percent discount on certain items and services enjoyed by our elderly citizens under the law.”

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Airport intensifies bird-flu watch

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

By Jonathan M. Hicap, Reporter

Following the confirmation of two new cases of bird flu in Egypt, the Manila International Airport Authority has issued new guidelines for airport employees to continue keep the country free from the disease.

MIAA General Manager Alfonso Cusi announced that the MIAA has acquired five chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear suits and installed additional upgraded model of thermal scanners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1 and 2 in coordination with the Bureau of Quarantine.

Cusi announced that the MIAA is preparing for a full-scale emergency exercise at the airport in case bird flu enters the country.

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Peru opens bridge to Machu Picchu ruins

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

LIMA, Peru — A village near Peru’s Machu Picchu has built a bridge over a turbulent river to open another route for backpackers trekking to the lofty Inca ruins.

The bridge was inaugurated Saturday in the village of Santa Teresa despite the objections of government cultural experts, who fear increased tourism could threaten the UNESCO World Heritage site as hostels and restaurants spring up to serve travelers.

They also say more tourists could imperil rare flora and fauna in the highland jungle surrounding the ruins, which are dramatically perched on a ridge 300 miles southeast of the capital Lima.

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BFAR lifts shellfish ban in 3 bays, 1 lagoon

Posted by Michille on 30th March 2007

By Bobby Labalan
Southern Luzon Bureau
Last updated 03:27pm (Mla time) 03/30/2007

SORSOGON CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has declared three bays and a lagoon in the country free from red tide toxins and red tide organisms that could cause paralytic shell fish poisoning.

In a shellfish bulletin released Monday, BFAR Director Malcolm Sarmiento lifted the shellfish ban in Irong-irong Bay in Samar, Siaton Bay in Negros Oriental, Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental, and the Juag Lagoon in Matnog, Sorsogon.

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