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9 Cebu-based hotels now accepting foreign travelers subjected for quarantine

  CEBU CITY, Philippines – Metro Cebu now has at least 2,000 hotel rooms ready to accommodate foreigners arriving at Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), who will be subjected to the 14-day mandatory quarantine. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced at a press conference Friday, March 20, 2020, that nine hotels based in Metro Cebu have […] The post 9 Cebu-based hotels now accepting foreign travelers subjected for quarantine appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMar 20th, 2020

Local tourists welcome as Coron reopens

  PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Philippines — Coron has reopened its tourism industry, allowing local travelers on regulated tours as Palawan province eased further into a relaxed community quarantine amid the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. Kim Ablana, municipal tourism officer, said island hopping, scuba diving, and other land-based tours were started anew on June […] The post Local tourists welcome as Coron reopens appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

19 Koreans in Cebu now under self-quarantine

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Health officials in Central Visayas are now closely monitoring the conditions of 19 South Koreans from Daegu City who were among the last batch of travelers that arrived in Cebu hours before the city was subjected to a travel ban. Dr. Jaime Bernadas, director of the Department of Health in Central […] The post 19 Koreans in Cebu now under self-quarantine appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2020

US closes Manila field immigration office in July

MANILA, Philippines — The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will be permanently closing its field office in Manila on July 5. In an advisory recently posted on its website, the USCIS  said its Manila-based office is no longer accepting petitions and applications for family visa, foreign adoptions and citizenship. […] The post US closes Manila field immigration office in July appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

Parties banned in Cebu hotel rooms

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has issued an executive order directing hotels and other accommodation establishments to prohibit private parties while a community quarantine remains in effect in the city......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021

DFA strongly advises travelers to postpone trip to PH amid travel ban

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reiterated its advice to travelers coming from or transiting through countries that have reported cases of the new COVID-19 variant to postpone their trips to the Philippines. “The DFA strongly advises that all travelers to the country carefully reconsider their travel plans, including postponing their trips […] The post DFA strongly advises travelers to postpone trip to PH amid travel ban appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2021

‘Not acceptable’: DOT warns quarantine hotels of penalties if used for leisure

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday reminded the Department of Tourism-accredited hotels used as quarantine hotels to refrain from accepting guests for leisure purposes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

Central Visayas loses P35.5B in tourism revenue

CEBU CITY—Central Visayas has lost $713 million, or about P35.5 billion, in tourism revenue from foreign arrivals due to quarantine restrictions and border closures brought about by the coronavirus disease pandemic. Efren Carreon, regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), said the amount of foregone income from January to June 2020 could […] The post Central Visayas loses P35.5B in tourism revenue appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2020

DOT allows over 7,200 hotels to resume operations

The Department of Tourism said Tuesday it accredited more than 7,200 hotels, resorts and other accommodation establishments to operate under different quarantine classifications and serve different types of travelers, depending on their location and purpose......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

DOT allows over 7,200 hotels to resume operations

The Department of Tourism said Tuesday it accredited more than 7,200 hotels, resorts and other accommodation establishments to operate under different quarantine classifications and serve different types of travelers, depending on their location and purpose.“Not only will a certificate of authority to operate or a provisional CAO from DOT indicate the allowable operation of accommodation […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Coke PH expands Balik Pinas program for repatriated OFWs

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country—has expanded its Balik Pinas program to national scale to reach more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and help them start their own business at home. Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to Filipinos has only grown stronger, in weathering this crisis together,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “We will help and support where we can. Through Balik Pinas, our goal is to help repatriated OFWs who have lost their livelihood abroad to start anew, via owning and operating their own business and be successful here, at home, with their families.” With the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), CCBPI aims to reach more OFWs who are interested to start their own business through Balik Pinas. Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that as of September 2020, over 190,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated. Balik Pinas gives opportunities to OFWs to be part of the Coca-Cola family as a distributor, wholesaler, or a community reseller. Balik Pinas is a journey that the company and new entrepreneurs take together at every step—from setting up the business, to sustaining it, to ensuring growth. Coca-Cola assists former OFWs in choosing a suitable business model for their area, helps in managing their cash flow and inventory, and sees to it that they are given proper guidance and training until they are fully ready and equipped to operate on their own—all in all, a sustainable and profitable business founded on practical support from a global beverage brand. According to Carlos Rivera, CCBPI Territory Sales Team in Naga City, the Balik Pinas Program started as a small-scale initiative in Naga City to help former OFWs. Just a couple of months after returning home, Carlos Manzano and his family was able to set up their business as Coca-Cola distributor through the Balik Pinas Program, which Carlos said has reshaped his life and outlook forever. IN PHOTO: Carlos and their family’s multi-cab routing unit with the Coca-Cola Naga Sales team. When the program’s pilot rollout started, the Manzanos—brothers Carlos and Jazz, and their father Lito—were among the pioneer members. Carlos and Jazz had both been working for several years in Qatar until the COVID-19 pandemic shook the trajectory of their career and, consequently, the well-being of their families. Together with their father, Lito, who also used to be an overseas worker, they set up a beverage distribution business in their hometown Naga City. Their optimism, as with any new business venture, was tempered with anxiety over how it would all turn out—especially with the considerable challenge of launching during such tenuous times until Rivera offered them membership to the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola. Now, the Manzanos are running a profitable business as Coca-Cola distributors. “Even when I had to leave Qatar suddenly because of the lay-offs, I always envisioned that I would head back to work there when things settle. But with Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas, I have a livelihood that doesn’t take me away from my family as being an OFW had,” said Carlos.  Lito can still remember his first order of 60 cases of Coke products. Now, the Manzano  family business has grown to an average of 4,000 cases a month, just five months after they started—a feat magnified for it being in the middle of a pandemic and strict quarantine measures. The Manzanos have also since invested in routing units to augment their business’s capabilities—a multicab and a tricycle. Since starting his business in 2019, Billy Belleza (left), is now one of the prominent Coca-Cola distributors in his area and has added another mini truck to serve more routes and deliveries. Billy is one of the pioneers of Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas program. Another Balik Pinas program pioneer member is Billy Belleza who decided to return to the country after working for 20 years in Brunei. “I am really thankful that Coca-Cola reached out to me to be a part of this. They have never failed to present opportunities for me and my business to grow since I decided to take part in the Balik Pinas Program. My sales actually soared this year,” said Belleza, who is also based in Naga City. According to Rivera, Balik Pinas Program was really designed for returning OFWs like Billy, Carlos, and Jazz and their families to set up and run a viable business at home. “With their success and in light of current events, this program was expanded to operate on a national scale, so the company can lend assistance to repatriated OFWs and their families as they weather through new challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Rivera said. Coca-Cola has consistently sought to create programs to support MSMEs, more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. With programs like Balik Pinas, Coca-Cola remains firm in their commitment to help local communities, contributing to the restart of the national economy—by way of reaching out to Filipinos.  To know more about the program, you may reach Coca-Cola’s contact center at (02)-8813-COKE (2653). For SMART/PLDT users: toll-free number: 1800-1888-COKE (2653); and for GLOBE users: toll-free number: 1800-8888-COKE (2653). You may also contact 0919-160-COKE (2653) via SMS......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

PRA to review policy on retirees’ age requirement

The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), is set to reassess the age requirement for foreign nationals seeking retirement in the country after senators raised concerns over national security on Monday. The issue stemmed during the Senate budget hearing for the DOT when the senators were caught by surprise after PRA general manager Atty. Bienvenido Chy revealed that the agency has been accepting foreign immigrants as retirees who are as young as 35 years old. Sen. Richard Gordon and Sen. Nancy Binay were alarmed as Chinese topped the list of foreign retirees, at a time when the country faces the threat of the growing number of illegal Chinese workers from the Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs). But Chy cited that he had already inherited the policy and did not attempt to change it, to which Gordon expressed dismay. In a message to reporters, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who also chairs the agency, said the Board of Trustees will meet to reassess the policy, stressing that they will move for its immediate repeal.  “I have directed GM Bienvenido Chy of the PRA to review and change this long-standing policy,” she said.  Based on the Cumulative Gross Enrollment of foreign retirees in the Philippines as of Dec. 31, 2019, there are 26, 969 Chinese nationals from China who decided to retire in the country, followed by Korea (13, 912), India (5,971), Taiwan (4, 801), Japan (3, 950), United States of America (3, 615), Hong Kong (1, 836), Great Britain (1, 571), Germany (778), and Australia (743). An additional 4, 069 foreign nationals also chose to enroll as retirees in the Philippines.  According to PRA, the Cumulative Gross Enrollment also includes all active retirees or active Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) holders. These are retirees who continue to keep their retirement visa as their status of stay in the Philippines. Aside from the principal retiree, SRRV holders were also joined by their spouses and dependents to stay in the Philippines.  The PRA data also revealed that Chinese top the list of foreign principal retirees belonging to the 35 to 49 years old age bracket, which prodded the senators to grill the PRA chief for job sufficiency issue. The data said that the greater majority of foreign retirees reside in the National Capital Region with 36,862 immigrants or 52.63 percent. Others were scattered in Region 1, Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 2, among others. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

DOT: Hotels allowed to operate at full capacity in GCQ, MGCQ areas

MANILA, Philippines — Hotels in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas are now allowed to operate at their full capacity, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday. In a statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted that “the decision to open at 100% operational capacity will be subject to the hotel management’s decision and […] The post DOT: Hotels allowed to operate at full capacity in GCQ, MGCQ areas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2020

DOT-7 urges LGUs to focus on wellness, medical tourism, outdoor activities

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Tourism in Central Visayas (DOT-7) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) in the region to venture into wellness and medical tourism, as well as outdoor activities. DOT-7 regional director Shalimar Tamano said that now that LGUs in the region are under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), wherein hotels and […] The post DOT-7 urges LGUs to focus on wellness, medical tourism, outdoor activities appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

Hotel ‘staycation’ guests have to take antigen test

  BY CHITO A. CHAVEZ     Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said Friday that four-star to five-star hotels have started accepting “staycation’’ guests in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ). In the Laging Handa news briefing, Densing said hotel guests are required to take the rapid antigen […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Chan to hotels, resorts: Go digital in contact tracing

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Hotels, and Resorts in Lapu-Lapu City are ordered to establish a digital contact tracing system as a measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is to ensure the safety of tourists, especially since hotels and resorts are now accepting local visitors. Lapu-Lapu City mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said that he […] The post Chan to hotels, resorts: Go digital in contact tracing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Agoda Reveals Top Travel Wishlist for Pinoys

Filipinos are dreaming of domestic destinations once allowed, according to Agoda.com. Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, and Batangas, figured prominently across different demographics for Filipinos, which include Couples, Solo, Family, and Group Travelers based on Agoda’s top searched data for travel till year-end. Among these, travelers planning to go as a group are most keen to […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Labella orders ban of karaoke singing during school hours

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The use of karaoke machines is prohibited during school hours and while Cebu City remains under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Mayor Edgardo Labella said violators will be penalized based on provisions of City Ordinance No. 1940 or the city’s anti-noise ordinance that was passed on August 16, 2002. The ordinance […] The post Labella orders ban of karaoke singing during school hours appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Thailand Moves a Step Closer to Welcoming Back Foreign Tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet approved a proposal to issue visas to tourists planning to stay between 90 and 280 days in Thailand, according to government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. The tourists will undergo a mandatory 14-day state quarantine on arrival at partner hotels or hospitals and follow health and safety regulations, she said. The government expects about 1,200 visitors to avail themselves of these visas each month, generating about 1.2 billion baht ($38.5 million) in revenue. The easing of border restrictions may boost the nation’s pandemic-battered tourism industry and cushion the blow to an economy projected to contract 8.5% this year. The news of cabinet approval for special visas triggered a rally among hotel and travel operators in Bangkok. A measure of Thai tourism and leisure stocks jumped 4.5%, the biggest gainer among the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s 28 industry groups. It was also the index’s largest increase since May 26. While Hotel operators Erawan Group Pcl and Central Plaza Hotel Pcl surged more than 8%, Minor International Pcl advanced 5.5%. Thailand’s tourism and hospitality sectors are counting on the return of international visitors, who contributed to two-thirds of tourism income before the pandemic, to reverse the slump in businesses and save millions of jobs. A government campaign to boost travel by locals through hotel and air travel concessions has failed to make up for the slump in earnings, but the move to allow foreigners in small batches will still be a relief to the industry. “There will not be a huge economic impact from this as it still can’t compensate for the revenue lost, but it will help,” Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Bank of Ayudhya Pcl said. “This plan still targets a higher-spending group of foreign visitors which will not benefit tourism industry operators that have lower to mid-price points, who will still suffer.” The move to relax curbs on foreign tourists also follows Thailand’s relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. The nation went without a local transmission for 100 days before the virus-free run was ended early this month. Though Thailand was the first country outside China to report the deadly virus, its cumulative cases stand at 3,480 with most patients already discharged from hospitals. The reopening to foreign tourists may be risky, but it is a manageable risk worth taking, Bank of Thailand’s Senior Director Don Nakornthab wrote in an article on the central bank’s website. The country may be headed for a second straight year of contraction in 2021 if it continued to restrict foreign visitor arrivals, Don wrote......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Police task force clarifies: Travel authority still a requirement

MANILA, Philippines — The Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield clarified on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, that travel authority is still a requirement for stranded individuals as well as emergency travelers who would need to cross provincial and regional borders during the coronavirus quarantine. “The Joint Task Force COVID Shield wants to clarify that Travel […] The post Police task force clarifies: Travel authority still a requirement appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

Region 7 lost opportunity to earn over US$700M from foreign tourist arrivals

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Due to quarantine restrictions and border closures, Central Visayas lost the opportunity to earn over US$ 700 million from foreign tourist arrivals, local economists said. The National Economic and Development Authority in Central Visayas (NEDA – 7) reported this computation during a virtual press conference on Thursday, August 20 with the […] The post Region 7 lost opportunity to earn over US$700M from foreign tourist arrivals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2020