Boracay loses P165M to China travel ban
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE travel ban issued by China against the Philippines bled the tourism industry of Western Visayas, particularly Boracay Island.
Atty. Helen Catalbas, Department of Tourism (DOT-6) regional director, said around 7,000 to 8,000 Chinese tourists cancelled a total of 20,000 room bookings in Boracay between September 13 and September 15.
The bookings covered the lodgings of Chinese tourists from September 13, 2014 to March 2015.
Catalbas said Boracay resorts and establishments may have lost P150 million to P165 million because of the cancellations.
Councilor Acap defends daughter on traffic woes
By: Wenceslao E Mateo Jr.
THE father of the concurrent operations chief of the Transport Management and Traffic Regulation Office (TMTRO) defended his daughter from accusations that the traffic situation worsened under her leadership.
City Councilor Lyndon Acap, vice chairman of the council’s committee on transportation, said the accusations levelled by transport groups at his daughter Donna Lyn Acap are “baseless.”
To prove his point, Acap presented during their regular session the TMTRO’s performance report for January to August 2014.
CREBA pushes reforms to sustain growth in real estate
By: F. Allan L. Angelo
REFORMS to ensure the sustainability and growth of the real property sector will be tackled during the 23rd National Convention of the Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) in Iloilo City next month.
CREBA, the largest organization of the country’s major real estate and housing industry players, will hold its national convention on October 15-18 and will coincide with the celebration of the national housing month.
In a statement, CREBA Chairman Charlie A. V. Gorayeb said “investment and real estate activity in the country is expected to stay robust; investors will continue to see residential,
SP suspends Maasin mayor
By: Louine Hope Conserva
THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo approved the three-month suspension of Maasin town Mayor Mariano Malones for simple misconduct.
Malones’ suspension was approved during the regular session of the SP Tuesday as the board adopted the recommendation of the committee of the whole which investigated the administrative case filed against the mayor.
Malones was charged with simple misconduct for his refusal to implement the order of the Civil Service Commission to reinstate Elsa Maternal, former assistant human resource management officer of Maasin.