The Negros Occidental Provincial Tourism Office pledged continued support to local micro, small, and medium enterprises under the food sector to help boost the food tourism programs in the province.
Cristine Mansinares, supervising tourism operations officer, said that through the help of the Department of Tourism, they will continue to support the MSMEs in the food sector to upgrade the level of services they are offering.
She said this after the president of World Food Expo, Joel Pascual, urged that the province should create more food tourism events to boost Bacolod City and Negros Occidental as food destinations in the country.
2,875 animals treated
To help livestock raisers keep up with the La Niña episode this first quarter of the year, the Provincial Veterinary Office treated about 2,875 animals around Negros through its ProLives Program held on the last week of January.
PVO Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services head Ryan Janoya said this program aims to help farmers and animal raisers to be ready for the effects of La Niña on their animals, through giving vaccinations and treatments against the cold and rainy weather.
Last month, the PVO reported livestock damage worth P1.2 million from 16 local government units in Negros Occidental due to heavy monsoon rains.
PAL certified as a
global 4-star airline
Philippine Airlines has been certified as a 4-star airline by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organization, and while it joined 40 other well-renowned airlines in the prestigious category, PAL is the first and only airline in the country to have such rating, its press release said.
It achieved this coveted rating after Skytrax conducted a rigorous audit of the airline's inflight and on ground service for both international and domestic flights, and noted major enhancements on its end-to-end passenger experience and distinct whole-hearted service.
“This is a big win for the Philippines,” PAL chairman and chief executive officer Lucio Tan said. “We are elated by this recognition which is a victory for the more than seven thousand members of the Philippine Airlines family. Our achievement is the country's achievement, and we share this with all Filipinos around the globe.”