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PH to benefit from global shortage of tourism workers

The Philippines will be among the few countries expected to benefit from the looming global shortage of workers in the tourism sector by 2025, according to the World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC). In its latest Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2015, WTTC Senior President for Government and Industry Affairs Helen Marano disclosed that the country will have a surplus or have enough number of tourism workers in the next eight years. Aside from Philippines, other countries with a reliable pool of tourism workers are Indonesia, India, Norway, Bahrain, Egypt, Australia, Germany, and Colombia. Meanwhile, countries, which will suffer significant shortfalls for their tourism manpower are Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Poland, Taiwan, Russia, Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Sweden. The study covers 46 countries, which accounts for over 80 percent of the world travel market. Based on …

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Comelec rejects ballot printing postponement

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday it is not inclined to approve the proposal of Senate President Franklin Drilon to postpone the printing of the ballots for the 2016 elections.  Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said they are pushing through with the original schedule for the printing on Feb. 1 to be able to complete the process before the upcoming polls. “I don’t think we are printing the ballots as soon as possible. I think we are printing it at the proper time. We are not in a hurry. We are also not printing the ballots late. We are printing the ballots when they are supposed to be printed,” Jimenez said. Comelec issued the clarification after receiving an appeal from Senate President Franklin Drilon to postpone the printing in deference to the ongoing …

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Comelec won’t postpone printing of ballots

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on January 21, 2016 it is not keen on approving the proposal of Senate President Franklin Drilon to postpone the printing of the ballots for the 2016 elections. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said they are pushing with their original schedule for the printing on February 1 to be able to complete the process before the upcoming polls. “I don’t think we are printing the ballots as soon as possible. I think we are printing it at the proper time. We are not in a hurry. We are also not printing the ballots late. We are printing the ballots when they are supposed to be printed,” Jimenez said. Comelec issued the clarification after receiving an appeal from Senate President Franklin Drilon to postpone the printing in deference to …

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Comelec releases initial list of candidates for 2016 polls

Only eight aspirants are still in the running to become the next president in the upcoming 2016 polls after the Commission on Election (Comelec) released its initial list of  candidates on January 21, 2016. In its website, Comelec posted the list of remaining presidential candidates, who may be included in the official ballot come the election day. These are  Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago of the People’s Reform Party (PRP), Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), Mel Mendoza of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), Sen. Grace Poe (Independent), Mar Roxas of the Liberal Party (LP), OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres of the Partido ng Mangagawa at Magsasaka Workers and Peasants Party (WPPPMM), and Dante …

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DOT: More than 5.3 million foreigners visited the PH in 2015

More than 5.3 million foreigners visited the Philippines in 2015 to take their vacation,  10.91 percent higher compared to the 4.8 million tourist arrivals in 2014, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said. Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato made the announcement during the media briefing at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2016 in Pasay City, which is being hosted by DOT. South Korea still comprises the bulk of inbound tourists in 2015 with 1.3 million making up 24.9 percent of the foreign arrivals last year. It was followed by the United States of America, and Japan and China, which registered a double digit growth. Rounding up the top 10 of source of inbound tourists were Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Canada, and United Kingdom. Almost half of these arrivals came from north Asian markets, which included Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, …

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Hundreds arriving today for ATF 2016

Hundreds of delegates from 62 countries are expected to start arriving today for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Forum or “ATF 2016,” which will be held in here in Metro Manila on January 18 to 22. The number of countries participating for the 35th ATF is slightly higher compared with the 50 countries in the 2015 ATF, which was held in Myanmar. Among the estimated 2,000 foreign visitors, who are expected to arrive in the country in the coming days are the tourism ministers from the nine other ASEAN member countries, international buyers and sellers, and foreign media. The ATF includes the following events: national tourism organizations meeting on January 18 to 20; ASEAN tourism ministers’ dialogue on January 21-22; and the ATF Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) on January 20-22. The …

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Delegates arrive for 2016 ASEAN Tourism Forum on Jan. 18

Hundreds of delegates from 62 countries will start arriving today, January 17, for the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2016, which will be held in Metro Manila from January 18 to 22. The number of countries, which will be participating for the 35th ATF, is slightly higher compared to the 50 countries in the 2015 ATF that was held Myanmar. Among the estimated 2,000 foreign visitors, who are expected to arrive in the country in the coming days, are tourism ministers from the nine other ASEAN member countries, international buyers and sellers, as well as foreign media. The ATF scheduled events include the national tourism organizations meeting from Jan. 18 to 20, the ASEAN tourism ministers dialogue from Jan. 21 to 22, and the ATF Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) from Jan. 20 to 22. The NTO …

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No ban on Indonesia travel, deployment amid attacks

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are still allowed to travel to Indonesia for now despite the recent bombings in its capital, which killed seven people last Thursday (January 14, 2016), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) has not yet issued the necessary security alert level to mandate its attached agency, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), to bar OFWs from heading to Indonesia. “No alert level yet from DFA so no deployment ban. No security risk,” Baldoz said. POEA could only declare a deployment ban once DFA raises a crisis alert level 2 or the restriction phase for a specified country. But even without the deployment ban, Baldoz urged OFWs, who are bound for Indonesia, to follow the guidelines issued by DFA to ensure …

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Be careful what you post on social media, OFWs told

To avoid any backlash from citizens of their host country, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) urged overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to be cautious with their posts online. In a statement, POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac reminded OFWs to be responsible in using social media like Facebook and Twitter. "As a reminder to OFWs they should avoid commenting about the hot issues in their host country. They should also consider this whenever they would 'like,' 'share,' or 'retweet' a post in social media," Cacdac said. He also advised them to follow the law  and the customs in their host country and not to join any political-related activities during their stay there since it may jeopardize their safety and employment. "They should refrain from picking side of any party in a conflict (in their host country)," …

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Comelec to voters: Participate in debates, ask questions

Do you have a question to ask candidates who are running for president and vice president in the May elections?  This is your chance to pick their brains. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday announced that it will give the public the chance to ask questions during its nationwide “PiliPinas Debates 2016,” which will start next month. "We will be crowd sourcing many of the questions that will be asked during debates," Comelec chair  Andres Bautista said. Comelec is now accepting suggestions on specific issues that would be tackled in the debates which will be attended by presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2016 polls. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the public may submit questions via their social media accounts using #PiliPinasDebates2016 or to Comelec's official website for its organized debate at http://www.electionsphl.com/pilipinasdebates/. Last Wednesday, …

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