Flooding caused by torrential rain has brought chaos to the Philippine capital of Manila as thousands of people flee their homes, offices and schools. It is feared that the floods, which have killed more than 50 people in recent weeks, could get worse as the Le Mesa damn overflows.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in the forefront in campaigning for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as the Philippines’ bet to the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN).
The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) has lined up plans to increase air capacity, hotels, and investments to infrastructure for 2011-2012, in an effort to double tourism in the country.
Police investigating the death of 16 holidaymakers in a fire at a budget hotel in the northern Philippines have suggested arson could have been responsible. Acting city fire marshal superintendent Jesus Fernandez confirmed arson was one of the possible motives for the fire which engulfed the Bed & Breakfast Pension House on December 19th.
A mega-typhoon brining 140mph winds has made landfall on the north-east coast of the Philippines, prompting thousands of local residents to flee their homes. Concerns are now centred on the local rice harvest, with global shortages exacerbating local losses.
The Philippines is braced for a major tourism setback after eight tourists from Hong Kong were killed when a bus was hijacked in Manila. The police conceded they had committed a number of blunders, as outrage grew over the bloody 12-hour siege that was broadcast live on television.
The Philippines Department of Health, Tarlac Provincial Health Office and Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM - News), through its Wireless Reach™ initiative, today announced the successful completion of the Wireless Access for Health project’s pilot phase. The project participants leveraged their expertise and resources in public health, medical care, technology and training to create an electronic health record system that meets the needs of health care decision makers on varying levels, ranging from midwives to doctors to policy makers. Results at the conclusion of the pilot phase, which recorded over 12,000 patient consultations, indicate that such a system is not only feasible and improves patient care in rural health clinics, but also has a real impact for decision makers.
The European Union has banned all airlines from Sudan and the Philippines from its airspace as part of an effort to improve safety standards in member states. The decision follows consultation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and sees the total number of countries on the blacklist rise to 17.
The ten members of the Association of the South-eastern Asian Nations will officially launch their new consumer destination marketing campaign at ITB Berlin this week. The campaign – entitled South-east Asia: Feel the warmth - is designed to travellers to plan trips, estimate costs, check availability and book through a unique map-based trip planner.
A major eruption of Mount Mayon in the Philippines could be just days away, scientists have warned. Meanwhile authorities have completed the scramble to evacuate some 29,000 of the 50,000 people who live in the danger zone, 8km from the crater.
Thousands of locals and tourists have been evacuated from the Albay province in the Philippines over fears that Mount Mayon could erupt imminently. The 2,460-metre mountain, one of the world’s most perfectly formed volcanoes, began oozing lava and ash overnight, threatening to wipe out the surrounding villages.