February 22, 2018: *** Of the 200 commercial establishments operating in Panglao town, only 33 establishments have permits from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), an agency attached to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. *** Boholano NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia said that the time has come to close resorts, not only in Panglao but entire Bohol violating laws and local regulations as there had been enough warning already. ***Dauis Mayor Miriam Sumaylo said their LGU is not taking any chances with the cleanliness of its waters amid controversy on coliform contamination in waters off the neighboring resort town of Panglao and they have started preemptive efforts to keep its waters pristine through close monitoring of the town's beaches.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III has declared the third Monday of June of every year as National Tour Guides' Day in recognition of the contribution of the tourist guides' sector in the development, promotion and sustainability of tourism in the Philippines. 

The Chief Executive issued the declaration by virtue of Proclamation No. 574 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on May 7. 

"Tourism is an indispensable element of the national economy and an industry of national interest and importance, which must be harnessed as an engine of socio-economic growth and cultural affirmation," President Aquino said. 

The President noted that Republic Act. No. 9593 or the “Tourism Act of 2009,” promotes a tourism industry that is ecologically sustainable, responsible and participative. 

"Tour guides play a very significant role in tourism, as they promote, market and advocate the Philippines as a tourism destination, creating a favorable image of the country and contributing to an enriching Philippine experience for local and foreign visitors," he said. 

"The National Tour Guides’ Day provides an opportunity for professional tour guides to convene and conduct activities that will promote and advance their profession, and that will also draw the attention of authorities, the public and the media to the quality and the value of their work," he stressed. (PND)

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