DOT Q1 Report: RP gains more tourists, robustincrease in investments, widened travel and employment

May 1, 2009 11:20 am· Comments Off on DOT Q1 Report: RP gains more tourists, robustincrease in investments, widened travel and employment 

MANILA, April 30 —- Amidst the worldwide economic downturn, Philippine tourism expanded in terms of investments, travel and employment for the 2009 first quarter, according to the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) plans and program report.

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Bright spot seen in Philippine creative industry

May 1, 2009 11:19 am· Comments Off on Bright spot seen in Philippine creative industry 

MANILA, April 30 — A bright spot is seen in the Philippine creative industry as players from the animation and film industry scored deals recently at the Hong Kong Film and Television Market Fair or Hong Kong Filmart.

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Realtors group wants national housing program as economic stimulus

May 1, 2009 11:18 am· Comments Off on Realtors group wants national housing program as economic stimulus 

CEBU CITY, April 29 – The national chapter of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association Inc. (Creba) has urged the National Government to come up with a national housing program that will not just address the housing backlog in the country, but also create more jobs.

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Customs temporarily suspends all import permits for hog shipments

May 1, 2009 11:18 am· Comments Off on Customs temporarily suspends all import permits for hog shipments 

MANILA, April 30 — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) temporarily suspended all import permits for pork shipments until the alert order issued by Commissioner Napoleon Morales is lifted.

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Health official: Zambo is free from swine flu

May 1, 2009 11:17 am· Comments Off on Health official: Zambo is free from swine flu 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 30 –- A local health official said Zamboanga City remains safe from swine flu.

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UK farms still under restriction 23 years after Chernobyl

May 1, 2009 11:16 am· Comments Off on UK farms still under restriction 23 years after Chernobyl 

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LONDON, Apr 30 -– Hundreds of farms in Britain remain under restriction on the use of land as a result of the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union 23 years ago, Health Minister Dawn Primarolo.

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EU member states agree telecoms reform

May 1, 2009 11:14 am· Comments Off on EU member states agree telecoms reform 

BRUSSELS, April 30 — European Union (EU) member states had agreed on a sweeping reform of the telecoms sector after hard-fought negotiations, the Czech EU presidency said on Wednesday.

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30,000 hectare rubber plantation expected to thrive in Southern Mindanao

May 1, 2009 11:14 am· Comments Off on 30,000 hectare rubber plantation expected to thrive in Southern Mindanao 

By Mike U. Crismundo

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, April 30 -– A vast tract of agricultural land that straddles four Southern Mindanao provinces is being developed by the government to grow rubber trees for the production of rubber and manufacure of rubber related products, officials revealed on Thursday.

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Aklan solon cites PGMA’s role in promoting Boracay

May 1, 2009 11:13 am· Comments Off on Aklan solon cites PGMA’s role in promoting Boracay 

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan, April 30 – Aklan Lone District Congressman Florencio Miraflores has cited the role of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in promoting Boracay Island as a top destination for both local and foreign tourists.

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Cotabato tracksters win three more golds in Palarong Pambansa

May 1, 2009 11:12 am· Comments Off on Cotabato tracksters win three more golds in Palarong Pambansa 

TACLOBAN City, Leyte, April 30 –- Vastly-improved Cotabato Region Athletic Association (CRAA) struck with three more gold medals in athletics on Thursday to hike their medal haul to seven in the ongoing 2009 Palarong Pambansa at the Leyte Sports Development Center here.

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