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4th November 2015
Airline company considers So. Leyte Panan-awan airport route
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on November 4, 2015, 11:29 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Nov. 4 (PIA) -- A subsidiary of an established airline company has declared its intention to ply the Maasin-Manila air traffic as soon as the safety concerns of the Panan-awan airport in this city shall have been addressed.

This was learned from a letter dated October 19, 2015 by Michael Ivan Shau, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific, addressed to Gov. Roger Mercado and marked received by the Governor’s Office October 29.

Copies of the letter were distributed to members of the local media in a press conference with Gov. Mercado at the Kinamot sa Abgao restaurant October 30.

“We wish to thank you for the letter sent by your office to Mr. Lance Y. Gokongwei requesting Cebu Air, Inc. (‘Cebu Pacific’) to operate flights from Manila to Maasin using turbo propeller aircraft.

“Cebgo, Inc. (‘Cebgo’), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cebu Pacific, would most likely be the operator of flights from Manila to Maasin, v.v. (vice-versa, or back and forth-mmp) with its fleet of ATR 72-500 aircraft,” Shau wrote.

In his letter, Shau mentioned the findings of Cebu Pacific’s Safety and Technical Team which conducted a survey and inspection in September last year, such as the provision of a Category 5 Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, completion of airport terminal building, and lengthening of airport runway, among other safety concerns, that should have been solved once they begin to operate.

“The bulk of our new aircraft will be arriving in late 2017 in line with our fleet expansion plans and we hope that by then, the safety concerns enumerated above would have been already addressed and certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines,” Shau said.

During the press conference, Gov. Mercado said the concerns were already looked into, adding that with a functional airport, coupled with an alternate seaport at nearby Guadalupe area, the tourism and economic potentials of the province will certainly get an uplifting boost. (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)


28th February 2013
Kangleon memoirs relocates to permanent place
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 28, 2013, 6:07 pm

By Rebecca S. Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Feb. 26 (PIA) -- The memorabilia of the late war hero, Col. Ruperto K. Kangleon is scheduled to be transferred tomorrow, February 27 from Saint Joseph College (SJC) to the city-run Maasin City College (MCC) said Maasin City Investment Officer Willy Justimbaste in a phone patch over radio station DyDM. 

The scheduled date of the transfer will coincide with the 55th death anniversary of Kangleon, a former secretary of the National Defense and senator. 

"A more historic, meaningful and symbolic ceremony will be conducted during the transfer of Kangleon memorabilia,” Justimbaste disclosed during the “Maasin City in Action” regular program. 

A Holy Mass will start the day activity at 5:30 a.m., to be followed by the transfer ceremony from SJC to a designated room at the second floor of the MCC which will house the personal belongings, among other valuables left behind by the former statesman. “A covenant signing of Board Resolution will be done after the program proper,” Justimbaste disclosed further. 

It was learned that the board resolution states that MCC will be the permanent location of Kangleon memorabilia. It will be inked by MCC President Mayor Maloney Samaco and MCC-VP Vice Mayor Ma. Effie Abiera-Sabandal and will be witnessed by the Kangleon family and clan, among other expectators. (PIA8-Southern Leyte) - See more at: http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?menu=2&webregion=R08&article=1291361848187#sthash.5WsgN9nv.dpuf


5th January 2013
PHL Listed As Top Destination For 2013
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on January 5, 2013, 12:00 am

(By Janvic Mateo, Philippine Star, 12:00 am | 5 Jan 2013)

 
The Big Lagoon on Miniloc Island in El Nido in Palawan is a must-see for resort guests and visitors, (LUIS ESPIRITU)

MANILA, Philippines - “Sorry, Maldives... We love you, but we’ve got a new flame.”

The Conde Nast Traveller magazine has set its sights on the Philippines, listing it among its top 10 destinations for 2013. The London-based luxury travel magazine described the country as having “around 7,000 of the most heavenly islands in the world.”

“It’s becoming particularly popular among serious divers, who come for the incredible underwater life, unspoilt coral gardens with rainbow-bright fish, green sea turtles and dugongs,” according to Conde Nast.

It added: “In Bicol you can swim with the biggest fish in the world, the whale shark. While fish-fans of a different nature can go deep-sea fishing in one of the deepest trenches in the oceans, not far from the little-known island of Siargao.”

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30th August 2012
DTI fears infestation of crown of thorns would interrupt ecotourism industry in Southern Leyte
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on August 30, 2012, 6:28 pm

(By Erna S. Gorne, PIA-8 Southern Leyte, 30 Aug 2012)

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)- Southern Leyte Provincial Office is apprehensive on the infestation of crown of thorn stars, a kind of sea animal, that would eventually interrupt the ecotourism industry in province if it remains unabated.
 
According to So Leyte DTI provincial director Michael Nuñez, reports reaching their office on the fast growth of crown of thorns population particularly in Padre Burgos brought worries to the owners of dive shops in the locality which are mostly owned and managed by foreigners.
 
Provincial director Nuñez further reported that at a distance of 500 meters from the shorelines, the presence of the massive crown of thorns are already damaging the corals in Padre Burgos.
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11th July 2012
Hawaiians in Leyte
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 11, 2012, 10:08 pm

(By Leyte Samar Daily Express, 11 July 2012)

PALO, Leyte --- A chief executive of Hawaii’s “Big Island” was impressed with Leyte’s beautiful tourism destination and the Leyteño’s hospitality after a tour in the province this week.

Hawai’i County Mayor William Kenoi said Leyte is one of the most beautiful places he has ever visited in his life and it reminds him of Hawaii.

“It is as beautiful as our home. We just came from a place that I’ve ever seen such beauty – the bridge connecting north and south,” Kenoi told reporters, referring to the San Juanico Bridge.

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5th July 2012
So. Leyte adopts tourism as a development strategy
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 5, 2012, 5:29 pm

(By Ronald O. Reyes, Leyte Samar Daily Express, 5 July 2012)

 
(So. Leyte Chamber prexy Engr. Robert Castanares. Photo by Vicky Arnaiz)

Maasin City --- Southern Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SLCCI) president Engr. Robert C. Castañares is ambitious: he wants to get rid of the  “NINJAS” in the province soon.

“NINJAS” is a misnomer for constituents here who have “No Income, No Jobs, (and) No Assets,” and  Engr. Castañares' group is serious in achieving this along with the local government leaders via public-private partnership (PPP).

The two sectors then envisioned to turn the province into the “Playground of Eastern Visayas” by 2013, capitalizing on its tourism industry to generate jobs and opportunities to its locals.

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8th June 2012
LGUs in Sogod Bay scrapping funds to remove crown-of-thorns starfish
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 8, 2012, 11:05 am

(Reyan L. Arinto, Leyte Samar Daily Express, 8 June 2012)

TACLOBAN CITY -- Local governments sharing the Sogod Bay area are looking for funds to intensify the removal of crown-of-thorns starfish that has spread to over 200 hectares of coral reefs in Southern Leyte.

“The Sogod Bay Sustainable Marine Management Alliance (SBSMMA) needs at least P2 million to contain the starfish from spreading wildly in the bay,” Eva Abad, chief of Coastal Fisheries Resources Management of Southern Leyte’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) said.

Abad added the alliance proposed each town to allocate funds from their respective calamity funds to be used in the extraction of starfish.

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5th June 2012
Environmental office bares municipalities with highest collection of deadly starfish
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 5, 2012, 10:19 am

(By Rebecca S. Cadavos, PIA 8, So. Leyte, 5 Jun 2012)

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (PIA) -- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO) has been continuously extracting the crown-of-thorns starfish throughout Southern Leyte since it reportedly increased in number, particularly in the waters of Sogod Bay and in Maasin City.

In a mitigation report by Coastal Fisheries Resources and Management Office Provincial Head Eva Abad the municipality with the highest COTS extracted was Padre Burgos with 80,145, followed by Maasin City that extracted around 34,000 and in Limasawa with 25,461 by the end of March 2012.

Abad added that other municipalities which conducted COTS extraction include Macrohon with 3,000 deadly starfish collected; Tomas Oppus – 2,192; Malitbog – 23,565; Lilioan – 1,056; San Francisco – 1,143; Pintuyan – 1,054; Hinundayan – 356; Hinunangan – 863; Bontoc – 18; Libagon – 10; and Sogod with only one reported.

Crown-of-thorns starfish are locally known of dap-marine invertebrates that feed on corals which are marine sanctuaries and kills corals.

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24th April 2012
Cathay offloads 'unruly' consul
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 24, 2012, 9:04 pm

(By Rudy Santos, Philstar.com, 24 Apr 2012)

A Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight turned back shortly after takeoff yesterday from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and was delayed by half an hour to offload what airline crew said was an “unruly” honorary Filipino consul.

 Businessman Francis Chua was offloaded because he refused to fasten his seatbelt, Cathay Pacific said.

The airline said Chua, an honorary consul of Peru, introduced himself as a special Philippine envoy to China for trade and investment. Such appointments, given by the Arroyo administration, were scrapped by President Aquino when he assumed power.

Cathay Pacific cabin crew said Chua, also known as Ang Biao, was asked to fasten his seatbelt as the aircraft taxied for takeoff at noon.

When he refused, the crew alerted the pilot, Captain Brian Hall, and flight officer Warren Hayman, who decided to turn the plane around.

As the Boeing 747 returned to the airport terminal, Chua left his seat and reportedly climbed up the spiral staircase to the upper deck and tried to enter the cockpit, in an apparent attempt to talk to the pilot.

A struggle reportedly ensued as the cabin crew restrained Chua from entering the cockpit.

Upon being offloaded, Chua was brought to the Police Center for Aviation Security where he was investigated.

Superintendent Manuel Pintado, senior chief of the police center, said under Republic Act 9497, which created the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Chua could be held liable for a terrorism-related offense.

Chua was to be brought to the CAAP office, but until late yesterday afternoon, no formal complaint against him had been filed. Sources said several individuals were interceding on his behalf.

Flight CX-900 finally left for Hong Kong at 2:30 p.m.

Cathay Pacific filed a report, declaring: “Chua was an unruly passenger, who would not obey any command from the cabin crew. Verbal warning was given but to no avail. Return to (parking) bay to offload passenger. Passenger was repeatedly asked to fasten seatbelt but he refused and then during the taxi back to bay, he climbed the stairs to the upper deck to gain entry to the cockpit. He was prevented from doing so by cabin crew.”

Born in Jinjiang, Fujian, China, Chua is an honorary president of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. and president emeritus of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Foundation.

He is president of Philippine Satellite Corp. and vice chairman of Mabuhay Satellite Corp.


5th April 2012
Leyte to showcase its rich culture at Aliwan 2012
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 5, 2012, 5:06 am

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, April 2 (PIA) -- Leyte is set to showcase the richness of its culture by sending contingents of two of its best festivals to participate at the Aliwan Festival on April 14 at the CCP complex. 

Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla said the contingents of the Lingganay Festival of Alangalang town and Buyugan Festival of the town of Abuyog have been given financial assistance of P1 million each, by the provincial government of Leyte as they compete in the country’s biggest gathering of best of the best festivals. 

Petilla said he is ready to provide support to the contingents of these festivals because an exposure in national contests also lures economic opportunities and tourism promotions. 

The governor said it is very expensive to send contingents to the Aliwan but Leyte has already made a mark in cultural activities that whenever Leyte is mentioned, people would always associate the province with award-winning festivals. 

Lingganay Festival was proclaimed champion of the Sinulog Festival 2012 in Cebu in January 2012. It is also the reigning champion in the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of the province of Leyte. 

Buyugan Festival, on the other hand, has won in many festivals contest. In fact, for several times already, it was declared as Pintados-Kasadyaan champion. Moreover, it prides itself for being the Aliwan Festival Champion few years ago. 

The highlight of this year’s Aliwan Fiesta 2012 event is the street dance competition with a total of 21 contingents from all over the country. These festivals often combine religion, tradition, and culture in amazing displays of color and craftsmanship. 

The different cultural groups actually compete in parades that combine street dancing with giant floats that can only be described as works of art. 

In addition, a beauty pageant is run, with competitors from the different cultural areas with pageant contestant wearing costumes representing their own festival. (EOT/PIA8)


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