DLSU-D heads the 3rd Tourism Conference
The event management class of 2015 of College of Tourism and Hotel Management of De La Salle University Dasmariñas will spearhead the Third Young Filipino Advocates Power Conference with the theme “Breaking free from the Boundaries: A Visit to the Philippines” along with the Mr. & Ms. Tourism Student Philippines 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on Friday, September 4. The conference aims to widen the knowledge of the participants and to make them ready in the competitive world of tourism and hotel management. Also, they target to increase the camaraderie and bench marking among the different universities, colleges and institutions.
Parts of Cavite to experience 12-hr water interruption next week
Water service concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water announced the possible water interruptions that will last for up to 12 long hours. According to them, the water interruption might start next week. Included in the affected areas under Maynilad are North Caloocan, Quezon City, Paranaque, Cavite, and Venezuela, which comprised almost 18 percent of their customers. On the other hand, Manila Water-supported areas will also experience interruptions. Included in the said areas are Quezon City, Taguig, Pasay, Marikina, Antipolo, and Rodriguez, Rizal. According to the water service concessionaires, this is done in preparation for the severe El Nino that might hit the country, which may cause less amount of rainfall.
‘Gov’t is not giving INC a special treatment’ — Roxas
The Philippine government is not against the religious organization Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), but it is not also giving them a special treatment. That was according to Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. In his statement, he denied the allegations that the government has agreement with the said group, which resulted to an abrupt 4-day protest last Monday. Roxas added that through peaceful talks and clarifications, they have reached the full comprehension that is in line with abiding in the law and its process.
COMELEC looking for ways to use old PCOS Machines
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is looking for ways to use the old Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in addition to the 94,000 Optical Mark Reader (ORC) machines in the 2016 elections. According to COMELEC Chair Andre Bautista, the ORC machines to be released from Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corporation may not be enough to cater the number of voters in clustered polling precincts. Baustista added that the Comelec might renovate some of the 82,000 PCOS machines stored in a Laguna warehouse to bring down the voter-to-machine ratio to 600 voters to one machine. He also instructed the asset department of COMELEC to take an inventory of the equipment and election paraphernalia used in the 2013 mid-term elections. Some information technology firms have already shown their intention to volunteer their expertise and time to check on the old machines, and see which ones are still good to use for 2016.
PH hosts 3-day APEC summit in Cebu City
Philippines is hosting the 46th annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit for three days at the Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City, starting Monday, August 31, until today, September 2. The economic forum tackles the international effort to address the growing energy production and consumption. APEC members who attended the conference are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam. The Philippines said at the forum that they are finalizing the 2014 -2020 National Energy Action Plan with the European Union’s SWITCH Program.