THREE homegrown Cebuano restaurants have opened their newest branches in SM Hypermarket Cebu in Subangdaku, Mandaue City.
Conching’s Native Chicken, A-One Tinola ug Sinugba, and Cebu Lechon Belly opened last Friday in a 160 square-meter al fresco dining space in SM Hypermarket Cebu.
FOUR organizations from the wellness and tourism sectors are pushing for amendments on a circular issued by the Department of Health requiring masseurs to undergo intensive training prior to getting licenses.
The Cebu Health and Wellness Council, Network of Independent Travel Agencies (Nitas), SKAL International, Tourism Educators and Movers of the Philippines, are set to submit a position paper addressed to President Benigno Aquino III calling for some amendments on DOH’s “high standard requirement” for masseurs.
DONORS to qualified donee institutions duly accredited by the Philippine Council for Non-Government Organizations Certification, Inc. (PCNC) are exempt from donor’s tax provided they comply with certain conditions. In addition, donors may avail of full deduction of their donation to these accredited institutions. In connection to this, the BIR recently issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 86-2014 pursuant to Section 8 of Revenue Regulations (RR) No.13-98.
GLOBE Business, through its IT-Enabled Services Group (IG), recently announced that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) project, will co-locate government files and resources in the telco’s data center.
The data center to be housed at the Globe facility is the second National Government Data Center, the government’s main information hub for all government agencies that is being built by the iGovPhil.
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THE Department of Tourism (DOT) hopes more tourists from Japan will come to the country after carriers like the Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) started flying direct to Osaka and Nagoya from Cebu.
MEMBER-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), including the Philippines, need to improve the quality of tertiary education to improve competitiveness crucial for seizing an opportunity for brain gain that the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will bring starting next year.
CEBU Pacific Air (CEB) has rolled out its mobile check-in option in time for the holidays. Mobile check-in joins web check-in, self check-in kiosks at the airport, and Agent Xpress (roving airport agents equipped with tablets) as alternate forms of check-in for CEB flights.
GLOBE Telecom is helping push the country’s digital shift in its learning systems by advancing the use of its innovative education solutions. It recently formalized its partnership with Flipside Publishing Services, Inc. (FPSI), which aims to promote the use of electronic books (e-books) in educational and corporate institutions nationwide.
AMONG the four major economic blocs in the country, the Visayas contributes the least to the Philippine economy. Despite its geographic constraints, the region’s economic planners believe it is in a good position to contribute more, being the most peaceful region in the country.
A TOP official of the Philippine Retailers Association in Cebu (PRA-Cebu) is hoping that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will reconsider the no-expiration policy on gift certificates (GCs) to protect retailers from fraudulent and tampered GCs.
PRA-Cebu president Robert Go said that the policy is disadvantageous to business as this will disrupt their cash flow.
THERE IS not enough rice in Central Visayas to feed its seven million - and still growing - population. Rice self-sufficiency in the region is only at 32 percent, according to government data.
The report came from the Department of Agriculture 7 Director Angel Enriquez in a recent interview. She said yield per hectare is only at three metric tons, which is below the average target of 3.9 metric tons of yield per hectare.
ON March 30, 2009, petitioner Raul C. Cosare, received a memorandum from Roselyn Villareal, manager for finance and administration of respondent Broadcom Asia, Inc., signed by respondent Dante Arevalo charging him with serious misconduct and willful breach of trust. Cosare furnished the respondents with his reply to the charges but the latter refused to accept the same on the ground that it was filed beyond the 48-hour period provided in the memorandum.
THREE regions in the Visayas have come together to promote diving and other tourism-related activities to provide more options and to encourage foreign visitors to stay longer in the country.
Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 Director Rowena Montecillo told reporters yesterday that Regions 6, 7 and 8 have united to come up with one tourism campaign to market Visayas as a diving destination in the international market through the One Visayas tourism platform.
WITH the increasing cost of land and construction materials, the Subdivision Housing and Developers Association (SHDA) has proposed to the government to increase the ceiling price for economic housing to P1.7 million, from the current P1.25 million.
SHDA Central Visayas president Alexander Ace Sotto said the organization already submitted such a proposal to the Housing and Urban Development Council (HUDCC) just this year.
GOOGLE has just released the top American trending searches for 2014. This should indicate what were in the minds of Americans this year. The top 10 are Robin Williams (he committed suicide in August), World Cup (the global soccer tournament was held this year in Brazil), Ebola (the current highly contagious virus hitting Africa), Flappy Bird (the new hit game from a Vietnamese programmer), and Malaysia Airlines ( the airline that was hit by crashes twice in a row). Sixth was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and after that was ISIS (the militant Muslim group) and Ferguson.
AS THE agriculture sector has taken a backseat to the industry and services sectors, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) has worked with the Department of Agriculture to help the sector perform better.
STATE-RUN Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-ibig Fund) Visayas surpassed its target housing loan allocation this year by 114 percent, bringing the amount to P3.633 billion as of November this year from the P3.187 billion target.
This is an achievement for Pag-ibig Fund Visayas, according to business development department manager Rio Teves. Last year, the Visayas region failed to meet its P4.109 billion housing loan target. Instead, it was only able to release P2.72 billion worth of housing loans as of October 2013.
SEAWEED companies are encouraged to boost local production of raw dried seaweeds to meet the growing global demand.
Florence Sevilla, senior agribusiness socialist of the Center for Food and Agribusiness of the University of Asia and the Pacific, said the seaweed/carrageenan industry will still remain a “star player” in food exports on the back of the increase demand on food and growing population as well as high purchasing power of emerging markets.
FILINVEST Land Inc (FLI) has increased its capital expenditure to P25 billion for City di Mare with its “enhanced” masterplan, more than double the earlier reported P10 billion investment.
The figures came from FLI president and chief executive officer Josephine Gotianun-Yap yesterday during the launching of City di Mare in South Road Properties.
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) praised the initiative of the Danao City Government to push entrepreneurship among its constituents by holding a Christmas Bazaar.
THE government is undertaking major initiatives to secure, conserve and maximize the use of IT resources under its iGov project. It also includes providing a facility to support data sharing initiatives among government agencies. While these are all lauded, it is a concern that this is being implemented without following prescribed data privacy guidelines that are compliant with the Data Privacy Law (Republic Act 10173).
THE unemployment rate in Central Visayas is at 5.4 percent in the last quarter of the year, a figure lower than the national figure of six percent, the Department of Labor and Employment 7 said.
The region has 177,000 people who do not have jobs. The national figure, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority last Dec. 10, is at 3,855,780.
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MANILA-In 2015, a new growth area in the property sector is emerging in Metro Manila. Research firm Cuervo Far East said in an independent study that the western portion of southern Metro Manila is growing fast as a major area of growth in real estate, following Makati, Ortigas and Fort Bonifacio.
Known as the “Southern Manila West Growth Area (WGA),” it comprises portions of the cities of Las Piñas and Muntinlupa on the west section of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). This area, the study said, will experience robust growth in property prices within five years.
ALL field audit and other field operations of the Bureau of Internal Revenue pertaining to examinations and verifications of taxpayer’s books of accounts, records and other transactions are hereby ordered suspended from today, Dec. 16, to Jan. 4, 2015 through the issuance of Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 87-2014 issued last Dec. 5.
AS Cebu’s property sector continues to boom, the Cebu Real Estate Board Inc. (Cereb) reiterated its call to buyers to deal only with licensed brokers to protect their investments.
DESPITE the calamities that hit the region, the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 remains optimistic and on track to hit the goal of 3.6 million tourist arrivals for 2014.
THE holiday bonuses and added income for this quarter have raised consumer expectations, the latest Consumer Expectations Survey of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed.