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‘It’s more fun in the PH’ slogan to be replaced before 2017

Change will soon come for the country’s tourism campaign slogan with plans to replace the “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” slogan already underway. “We will launch it hopefully before January 2017,” Tourism Media Director Ina Zara Loyola told Manila Bulletin. Earlier, Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo announced that the agency is not in any way keeping the old tourism branding. “That was 2012 pa... It’s time for us to change,” she said. Tourism officials, considering some studies, believe that the country needs a tourism slogan that is more enticing and more specific. “In the European market, although they like the campaign, of the 65 percent in the surveyed group who like the campaign, only 26 percent have the intent to visit the Philippines. That is one of our bases to come up with something new,” Tourism Undersecretary …

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Cigar makers told to also put graphic health warnings

It’s not just cigarette makers; even cigar makers were reminded by an anti-smoking group to comply with the impending implementation of the graphic health warning (GWH) Law. “Cigar makers are also sternly reminded to follow the existing GHW Law as they are also covered by it. They have to put picture-based warnings on the hazardous effects of smoking cigars,” New Vois Association of the Philippines president Emer Rojas said Sunday, October 23. The GHW law, or Republic Act 10643, will be fully implemented starting November 4. Tobacco products, according to the law, are defined as those entirely or partly made of leaf tobacco as raw material, are manufactured to be used for smoking, sucking, chewing, or snuffing, or by any other means of consumption. Under RA 10643, all tobacco products packaging available in the country must …

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DOT Secretary reacts to China’s lifting of travel restriction to PH

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo lauded yesterday China’s lifting of an official advisory to its citizens against traveling to the Philippines in the wake of the international court’s ruling affirming the country’s claim over West Philippine Sea. “As head of the DOT, the Chinese government’s gesture means all the world to me. It deserves the Filipino people’s accolades, especially those of the tourism stakeholders who stand to benefit from the increased influx of visitors from all over China,” Teo expressed. On Thursday, during the third day of President Duterte’s State Visit, Beijing announced that it is relaxing the moratorium on the travel restriction. Ending the removal of the advisory was among several agreements reached during Duterte’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Chinese visitors Teo, on the other hand, said …

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PH, China sign tourism cooperation pact

A tourism cooperation pact between the Philippines and China was signed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) on Thursday, October 20. “Doors to more opportunities for cooperation and capacity building between Manila and Beijing are now opulently wide. With the signing of the MOU, we are assured of better market access, free flow of trade and people, and exchanges of best practice,” Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said in a statement. Teo and CNTA Chairman Li Jinzao led the signing in the presence of President Duterte and China President Xi Jinping. The said MOU follows the 2002 tourism cooperation deal between the two nations, which shall remain in force upon signing today until 2022. “This will certainly play a crucial role for tourism to contribute significantly to regional …

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Dengue shot maker: Filipino children weren’t treated as guinea pigs

The schoolchildren who took part in the dengue vaccination this April were not treated as guinea pigs, a representative of the pharmaceutical company behind the dengue vaccine assured.   Sanofi Pasteur Philippines Medical Director Ruby Dizon, during a discussion in Makati City Thursday, October 20, said that while the Philippines pioneered the public dengue vaccination program, it is no longer the sole country doing such. “Brazil has already implemented a public immunization program, as well as the national vaccination council of Mexico... Plus we have several private vaccination programs that are ongoing, we have El Salvador, Mexico, and Indonesia. So how can we be guinea pigs?” Dizon noted. From April to July 2016, the health department administered the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in three tranches to some 489,003 schoolchildren in dengue-stricken regions of Metro Manila, Southern Luzon …

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Christmas festivities set in Intramuros; rehab plans on

The walled city of Intramuros in Manila will come to life with Christmas season festivities as the Department of Tourism (DOT) has lined up a number of activities and programs, starting with the lighting of a giant Christmas tree next month. There will be a Christmas chorale competition which will be participated in by different schools. The agency will also start to activate revitalized school tours. The Baga Manila Festival will also held to showcase regional street festivals, food festivals,  and regular cultural shows. The planned Christmas activities are part of the DOT's plan to revive the Walled City. The Tourism department announced earlier that the “WOW Philippines” campaign will also be revived to promote Intramuros. Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said the DOT sees such move as something that will showcase the Filipino history …

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2 cases of Zika infection reported in Metro Manila

Two more cases of Zika virus infection were recorded in the Philippines, increasing the total number of cases this year to 17, the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed yesterday. Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial, during a press briefing yesterday, said the two new cases were both recorded in Metro Manila. “As of October 13, we have now 17 cases reported. Still 12 [cases] from Iloilo City and surrounding areas. One in Muntinlupa, one Cebu, Antipolo City [has] one, and we have one case from Mandaluyong [which is a] new case and one new case Makati City,” she said. Zika infection is characterized by fever lasting for two to seven days, rash, joint pains, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, headache, pain behind the eyes, and vomiting. Though not a life threatening condition, Zika virus infection is a …

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TV ad on tobacco control launched

The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Friday, October 14 it will air a television advertisement warning about the health and economic harms of smoking to families. Health secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said the TV ad is part of the department’s multimedia campaign with the theme “Mahalin ang sarili at ang pamilya, paninigarilyo itigil na (Love yourself, love your family, stop smoking).” “We hope to further reduce the prevalence of smoking in this country with this campaign,” Secretary Ubial said, noting that about 80,000 Filipinos die every year due to tobacco-related illnesses, equivalent to 10 Filipinos dying every hour. “The commercial will show a father, bedridden by tobacco-related illness, whose daughter had to leave education. The family’s anguish is evident, from the father’s physical pain and emotional guilt to the daughter’s loss of …

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Nationwide ban on smoking looms this month – DOH

An executive order (EO) that will impose a nationwide ban on smoking is expected to be signed this month by President Duterte. Health Secretary Pauline Jean Ubial disclosed that the President is expected to come out with the EO this month. “The President will already sign that EO, probably within October,” she stated, noting that the draft EO is essentially replicating the ordinance being implemented in Davao City since the time of Duterte as mayor. “What is being done in Davao is set to be done nationwide,” the DOH chief stressed. Under the EO, all public places will be 100 percent smoke-free. “There will be no smoking in public places anymore, whether indoor or outdoor. Parks, bus stations, and even in vehicles. All these are considered public places,” the health secretary added. Meanwhile, Ubial said the …

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EO on nationwide smoking ban out this month

An executive order (EO) that will impose a nationwide smoking ban is expected to be signed this month. “The president will already sign that EO. Probably within October,” Health Secretary Pauline Jean Ubial disclosed, referring to EO they have drafted that will prohibit smoking across the country. Ubial noted that the draft EO essentially replicates the existing ordinance in Davao City implemented since the time of Duterte as a mayor. “What is being done in Davao is set to be done nationwide,” the DOH chief stressed. Under this, all public places will be 100 percent smoke-free, she further noted. “There will be nobody smoking in public places anymore, whether indoor or outdoor. Parks, bus stations, and even in vehicles. All these are considered public places,” the health secretary added. Ubial also said they will make a strong …

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