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Visayas Newsbits for May 03, 2014

PRC to open satellite offices

Iloilo City — The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will soon open satellite offices in Bacolod and Roxas cities. PRC-Iloilo Supervising Professional Regulation Officer and Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Blesilda Masangcay said possible locations are the Masskara Hall of the Bacolod Government Center and the Pueblo de Panay in Roxas City. The commission will also bring its mobile service dubbed “PRC-Iloilo On-the-Road” program to Bacolod City on May 13, 14 and 15, said Masangcay. The next stop of the mobile service will be in Antique on May 20, 21, and 22 and Roxas City on June 4, 5 and 6. The program includes renewal of professional identification cards, initial registration, and application for examinations. From February to April this year, the PRC team through the “On-the-Road” Program has already served 1, 717 clients and generated over P1.3 million, said Masangcay. (PIA)

 

Most wanted

Iloilo City, Iloilo – The Police Regional Office here led by Chief Supt. Josephus Angan recently began distributing posters of the 28 most wanted persons in Western Visayas. They were from Panay and Negros Island and wanted for various crimes, including murder, robbery, and rape. The list is led by Antonio Aquino of Iloilo City with a P300,000 award for the information leading to his arrest. Other fugitives with monetary rewards are Rogelio Oliveros, Denji “Totong Pi-ang”, Mark Lester Ramiro Edgar Magtulis Jonato Sencio, Rustom Puro Jovy Oroloa and Joenel Española. To inform the police, text or call 09292941936. (Tara Yap)

 

27,000 vacancies

Negros Occidental — Around 27,000 job vacancies from 60 participating companies were up at the Labor Day Job and Livelihood Fair at SM City Bacolod where 2,000 jobseekers registered. The 22,000 vacancies were for overseas employment. Most of it was for skilled workers like welders, carpenters, masons, and heavy equipment operators while there is a substantial increase in the demand for nurses particularly in Egypt aside from the steady demand in Saudi Arabia, said Provincial Director Ma. Victoria Mondragon of the Department of Labor and Employment. Meanwhile, 5,000 were for local hiring. DOLE ensured that the skills of the jobseekers are matched with those demanded by the industry. (PNA)

 

Night landing

Roxas City, Capiz — The Roxas City airport is among the eight airports in the country that will be upgraded by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to accommodate night landing operations, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas disclosed recently during the groundbreaking of the Philippine Coast Guard’s 1st Search and Rescue base at Culasi Port. Roxas said more tourists and products will come in while the city’s fresh seafood and other products can now be flown to other countries. The airport development is part of the country’s preparation for the 2015 ASEAN Free Trade Zone implementation. (PIA)

 

More hotels needed in Cebu

Cebu City — “Cebu needs more investors in tourism, particularly prominent international hotel chains to raise the marketability of Cebu to the foreign market,” said Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Association of Cebu former president, Hans Hauri. For this to materialize, more investors who will fund the construction of the hotels are needed, said Hauri. He said this will promote a healthy competition among branded hotel chains here. Earlier, former Department of Tourism undersecretary Phineas Alburo said Cebu, being one of the preferred tourism destinations, should provide more rooms to cater to more tourists. (Malou M.  Mozo)