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Month: December 2022

Yearender: Ushering in ‘era of tourism’

MANILA: After reeling from the devastating effects of the pandemic for more than two years, the Philippines is finally ready to usher in an “era of tourism”.   Since the onset of the global health crisis that shuttered borders and grounded flights, the Department of Tourism (DOT) together with different agencies and stakeholders had been crafting protocols to pandemic-proof travel within the country.   Armed with these guidelines, the country successfully reopened borders in February.   The country also eased various pandemic protocols from lifting quarantine and testing requirements for vaccinated passengers to making masks outdoors optional.   For DOT,

Cristiano Ronaldo joins Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr on free transfer

ANKARA: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr signed Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo early Saturday on free transfer.   “History in the making. This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation, and future generations, boys and girls to be the best version of themselves. Welcome Cristiano Ronaldo to your new home Al-Nassr,” the Saudi club wrote on Twitter.   The club put a picture on social media with Ronaldo posing with an Al-Nassr jersey.   The five-time Ballon d’Or winner became a free agent in November after cutting ties

Book to plug knowledge gaps in election process

ILOILO CITY: A Commission on Elections (Comelec) official in Western Visayas has published a collection of all election offenses, aiming to bridge the knowledge gap in the country’s election process.   “Election offenses are acts of anyone which are criminal in nature when committed. We have more than 300 plus election offenses. This is the first book and in fact, the only book dealing especially on election offenses,” lawyer Dennis Ausan, Comelec regional director and author of the “Election Offenses A Compendium”, said on Saturday.   Some books on the election are just about the annotated Omnibus Election Code or

PH aerobic gymnast Dolar optimistic on 2023 SEAG campaign

ANILA: Aerobic gymnast Charmaine Dolar is hoping for a better result in the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) next year.   The back-to-back bronze medalist in the individual event will be making her final appearance in the tournament to be hosted by Cambodia from May 5 to 17.   “We already started our preparation for the Cambodia SEA Games and since it will be my last, I surely want to give it my all,” the 31-year-old Dolar said in an interview on Saturday.   Two weeks ago, she won the mixed pair bronze medal with Carl Joshua Tangonan at the Suzuki

Indonesia has potential to make ASEAN axis of global economy

JAKARTA: Indonesia has vast potential to become the ASEAN axis of the global economy, said Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) Arsjad Rasjid Friday.   Indonesia will be the Chair of the ASEAN Summit next year, and Rasjid was appointed as Chair of the 2023 ASEAN Business Advisory Council (BAC), an important forum for the business community between ASEAN member countries.   “The total population of ASEAN reaches 600 million people. Indonesia contributes 275 million people of which the majority are of productive age and ready to support a regional economy that continues to develop in

Pangasinan partnerships boost economy, tourism, health

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: The provincial government of Pangasinan has made significant partnerships with the different national government agencies and local government units in the region to provide better services to the people as well as encourage economic activity and tourism.   The most recent convergence the province has made was the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the interim management of the foreshore area for salt production.   In a statement issued on Thursday, the Pangasinan Provincial Information Office (PIO) said the salt production sharing agreement aims to provide continuity of operations

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