Saturday, March 17, 2012

News Update Eco-Tourism

ALOGUINSAN, Cebu - To boost the eco-tourism potential of Bojo river in this town, the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has earmarked more than P300,000 to Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAs) as capital to improve their river expedition and culinary.
According to Al Orolfo, regional focal head for ICRMP, the grant is part of the financial assistance on enterprise development and income diversification under the ICRMP which allocated P1.4 million covering four coastal areas in Central Visayas this year. Orolfo personally handed the checks to the members of the BAETAs. (Phoebe Jen Indino)
Jeepney Fare
CEBU CITY - Minimum fares for public utility jeepneys in Central Visayas will be P8 starting next week if the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) approves the provisional increase pushed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The LTFRB approval, however, came on the same day that a transport group in Cebu filed a petition for a P9-increase. If it pushes through, the P.50 fare increase will not be felt by the public considering that passengers have already been paying P8 instead of the P7.50 minimum fare because drivers often do not give out the P.50 change. (Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.)
Cash Aid
CEBU CITY (PNA) - The Cebu City government distributed on Thursday the P10,000 quick cash aid to the families in Barangays Poblacion Pardo, Quiot and Bulacao who lost their homes in fires that hit the city recently.
Cathy Yso of the City's Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) said the quick cash aid was given to 43 families in Pardo; 27 in Bulacao; and five in Quiot. Yso said apart from the cash aid, the fire victims also received relief goods from the Cebu Provincial Government such as rice, sardines, kitchen wares, mats and blankets.
Japan Plaque
CEBU CITY (PNA) - The Cebu City Government has received a plaque of appreciation from the Japanese government for helping victims of the tsunami that hit Japan last year. The awarding of plaques was held recently at the Quezon Hall, University of the Philippines Academic Oval in Diliman, Quezon City, a year after the tsunami that claimed thousands of lives struck Japan.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama flew to Manila to receive the plaque from Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe. "In grateful recognition of your significant contribution in assisting the recovery effort after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011," the certificate read.
Prayer Service
DUMAGUETE CITY (PNA) - The Intercessors for the Philippines will be holding a Prayer and Fasting service today at 3 a.m. at the Capitol grounds in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. March 17 marks the 40th day after the magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Negros Oriental that caused major destruction in the first congressional district of the province.
According to Pastor Donald Tabile, coordinator of Intercessors for the Philippines- Negros Oriental, the prayer and fasting service is a solemn gathering to pray for lives lost and families affected during the tragedy.