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Outbound tourism for Filipinos to resume Oct. 21

  BY JUN RAMIREZ     Following the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that it will ease departure restrictions for Filipino citizens starting Oct. 21. “Starting Oct. 21, the BI will be allowing the departure of Filipinos with non-essential travel,” said BI Commissioner […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tempo tempoOct 18th, 2020

Laos, Afghanistan lift inbound restrictions for Pinoys travellers

Two countries in Asia and the Pacific – Laos and Afghanistan – have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to flight availability and medical protocols amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a report on Monday.  (ALI VICOY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On the other hand, Malaysia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong have imposed stricter medical protocols and visa regulations for those who are exempt from entry restrictions. Mongolia’s borders, meanwhile, remain open but inbound travelers in the country are now required to present negative COVID-19 test results and must have all applicable documents to support their visa status. In Tokyo, the Japanese government has gradually opened up inbound entry for students, dependents, and technical interns but still prohibit entry of short-stay travelers, including tourists.  Back here at home, beginning October 21, Filipinos may resume their overseas plans after Malacañang announced the lifting of restrictions for non-essential outbound travelers, including tourists.  Outbound Filipino tourists may be allowed to leave the country after submitting confirmed roundtrip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance. With the still evolving changes in travel restrictions worldwide due to the pandemic, the DFA advises Filipino travelers to always check ahead of their travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.  .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Travel agencies welcome resumption of operations

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association welcomes with caution the decision of the government to allow the operations of travel agencies and tour operators in general community quarantine and modified GCQ areas, emphasizing that it would only resume operations when there is already a reasonable demand for travel among Filipinos......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

52 tourism-related establishments in Cebu given green light to resume operations

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Some 52 tourism-related establishments in Cebu province have been allowed to operate while the province is under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). The Provincial Tourism Office has released the list of the establishments in the province that already have the green light to resume operations as of October 8, 2020. […] The post 52 tourism-related establishments in Cebu given green light to resume operations appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

IATF OKs easing outbound travel limits for Pinoys

The government’s pandemic task force has agreed in principle to relax the outbound travel restrictions on Filipinos who want to be with their foreigner partners......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

National ID system pre-registration process to resume on Oct. 12- PSA

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) - Pre-registration for the National ID system will resume on October 12, 2020, covering some five million Filipinos in over 32 provinces, Philippine Statistics Authority (.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

& lsquo;PBA games can provide relief& rsquo;

House Deputy Speaker and NorthPort owner Mikee Romero said giving the Philippine Basketball Association the green light to resume its games could be the best entertainment the government can give to Filipinos during these difficult times......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020

DOT promotes food tourism online

The Filipinos’ penchant for something new, something borrowed or something traditional in food was not upended by the global crisis. Filipinos continue to yearn for culinary possibilities within the diversity of the regions......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 20th, 2020

‘77% of Pinoys want to travel amid pandemic’

Due to the months-long lockdown, a vast majority of the country’s 110 million Filipinos want to travel to domestic tourist spots and take a respite from strict government restrictions, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat told lawmakers yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Zambo tourism reminds travelers to ready documents ahead

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept 10 (PIA) - The Zamboanga City Tourism Office once again reminds the Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) to prepare all necessary documen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Overseas voter registration resumes tomorrow

The Commission on Elections will resume the voter registration for Filipinos working and living in other countries beginning tomorrow......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020

ON THIS DAY: Dawn Macandili was named Asia’s 2nd Best Libero

Dawn Macandili has reached great heights in her storied volleyball career. Three UAAP titles with De La Salle University, success in the commercial league including a Most Valuable Player award, numerous individual honors and a regular stint in the national team since 2017 are some of the highlights on her stacked resume. However, Macandili’s greatest personal achievement is when the Tanauan, Batangas native stood tall alongside Asia’s biggest name in women’s volleyball. Three years ago on this day, the diminutive defense specialist of the national team earned the honor of being one of the continent’s finest during the 2017 AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship. Although the Filipinas ended up in eighth place in the 14-country field, Macandili gave the local crowd a sense of pride when she stepped on the podium to receive her 2nd Best Libero award. A reward worth all the dives, tumbles and running all over the court to chase the ball to keep the play alive. “Bawing-bawi,” the 24-year old libero said then. What made that night extra special for Macandili was it was also on that same day the year before when she became the first libero in a local commercial league to win an MVP award. In 2016, Macandili spearheaded F2 Logistics to the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference throne and on her way to bagging the highest individual award. During the competition, Macandili was the catalyst of the Nationals’ transition from defense to offense. Her court smarts, timing and athleticism in manning the floor proved to be a valuable asset for the then Francis Vicente-mentored squad. She made her biggest impact when the Filipinas defeated Southeast Asian powerhouse Vietnam. Macandili tallied 19 digs and 12 excellent receptions in a 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, win over the Vietnamese in the quarterfinals classification round. Her impact during the course of the competition didn’t go unnoticed. The crowd inside the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna exploded in jubilation when Macandili’s name was called during the awarding of individual honors. Macandili during that memorable night stood alongside Asian stars Risa Shinnabe of  tournament champion Japan, who was named MVP, Korean star hitter Kim Yeon-Koung and Chatchu-on Moksri of Thailand, legendary Thai setter Nootsara Tomkom, middles Hattaya Bamrungsuk of Thailand and Japanese Nana Iwasaka and Chinese opposite hitter Jin Ye. Japanese Mako Kobata was the 1st Best Libero winner. “I think it shows that we Filipinos can achieve greater heights if we put our mind to it,” Macandili told ABS-CBN Sports in a separate interview.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

PayMaya enables over 50 government agencies

Digital financial services provider PayMaya has enabled over 50 government agencies  to streamline their services and accept cashless payments online todate. From June 2019 to June 2020, the volume of transactions processed by PayMaya from partner government agencies surged 900 per cent. This shows the government efforts to encourage digital payments for fees and services by accepting debit, credit, and e-Wallet payments has paid off. “In the span of one year, government agencies have stepped up their efforts in digitalizing their processes,” according to Orlando B. Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya. Because of this, many agencies have been able to continue offering relevant services despite the current crisis, he added. To date, PayMaya has already inked partnerships with the Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or PAG-IBIG, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Science and Technology, the Bureau of Customs, the Bureau of the Treasury through the Bonds.ph platform, the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council, the Professional Regulation Commission, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), and the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), among  others.  As part of measures needed to be observed in the ‘new normal’, PayMaya intends to enable more government agencies, institutions, and  local government units to accept cashless payments and digital disbursements. Hence, PayMaya has launched its LGUs Embracing and Accelerating Digitalization (L.E.A.D.) program to help local governments offer digital transactions for constituents. The company likewise enabled digital disbursements for the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Pasig, and Quezon City, particularly in delivering financial aid to beneficiaries severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  SSS and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also tapped Paymaya  to distribute financial aid to beneficiaries of its Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) and Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Furthermore, it has powered the digital payment facilities of LGUs such as Valenzuela and Taguig. Through its app and wallet, PayMaya  provides millions of Filipinos with the fastest way to own a financial account with over 40,000 Add Money touchpoints nationwide, more than double the total number of traditional bank branches in the Philippines combined. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 30,000 partner touchpoints nationwide serves as last mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to services. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Non-essential trips abroad curbed; insurance required

​The Philippines, battling against rising cases of infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic, has reimposed restrictions on non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos, Malacañang announced Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

Restrictions on travel abroad lifted, protocols set

The government has allowed Filipinos to resume non-essential travels abroad but imposed certain conditions to ensure their safety and health amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Malacanang said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

Capitol gears up for reopening of tourism activities as Cebu province shifts to MGCQ

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Canyoneering, whale shark and thresher shark watching, and other tourism activities in the countryside of Cebu province may soon resume as the province shifted into a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting Wednesday, July 1, 2020. In a virtual press conference with members of the Interagency Task Force on the Management […] The post Capitol gears up for reopening of tourism activities as Cebu province shifts to MGCQ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Tourism, agriculture in the recovery effort

  OUR top tourist attraction, Boracay island, was reopened last June 16, part of the gradual resumption of economic activity after the lockdowns in various areas of the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism operations may now resume on the island but only at 50 percent capacity in Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Other […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 25th, 2020

EDITORIAL - Opportunities in a crisis

In many areas outside Metro Manila where quarantine restrictions are most relaxed, domestic tourism is being allowed to gradually resume. Swimming is back in many of the top beach destinations led by Boracay......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

Experience The World While You 'stayhome with Agoda

Even as some countries begin to ease travel restrictions, the Department of Tourism is looking to temper Filipinos’ expectations as limitations are likely to remain for the rest of the year. Thanks to technology, however, you can still explore the globe without leaving home. Online travel platform Agoda put together a handy guide to experience […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 25th, 2020

ABS-CBN shutdown a disservice to Filipinos, says UST

The University of Sto. Tomas has spoken out against the shutdown of ABS-CBN. “The Pontifical and Royal University of Sto. Tomas laments the order to stop ABS-CBN from continuing its broadcast operations,” the Philippines’ first and oldest university said about the country’s biggest network. It then continued, “It is a clear disservice to the Filipino people in this time of pandemic when information, delivered fast and wide, is key to saving lives.” ?????????? pic.twitter.com/QUeDsbDY6v — University of Santo Tomas (@UST1611official) May 6, 2020 This, after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN to cease and desist from broadcasting on television and radio. Last Monday, the media organization's franchise expired as the House of Representatives was yet to tackle the bill for its renewal. A day later, the NTC then backtracked on its earlier commitment to grant provisional authority and as such, ABS-CBN went dark right after TV Patrol. In this light, UST was adamant that ABS-CBN is much-needed especially in the continuing COVID-19 crisis. “We pray that ABS-CBN will be able to resume its broadcast operations very soon to be able to continue its invaluable service to the Filipino people,” its statement read. Earlier, the school's media professors have already showed support for the nation's top broadcaster. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 2020

DFA: Repatriation of distressed OFWs suspended

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) temporarily suspended the repatriation of distressed Filipinos overseas following the directive of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 restricting inbound and outbound flights. The DFA on Sunday said “repatriation efforts were being adjusted to comply with the directives of the National Task Force on Covid-19”. As of May 2, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020