Month: December 2016

YEARENDER: Tourism sector sustains upward trajectory

MANILA, Philippines – The year 2016 is shaping up to be another banner year for the Philippine tourism industry, which has sustained its growth momentum. In an interview, Tourism Undersecretary for development planning Benito Bengzon said visitors from various...

New DOLE policy bans ‘endo’

MANILA, Philippines – The practice of “endo” or end-of-contract is officially no longer allowed. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday issued a new regulation banning it and other “labor only” contracting practices. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello...

Okada secures license, starts casino operations

Okada Manila, the country’s largest integrated casino and resort, said it will officially commence its casino operations today, after securing a provisional casino license from regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Okada Manila said in a statement the grand...

6-year tourism masterplan out by Q1

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism is set to release the country’s six-year tourism roadmap by the first quarter of next year. Tourism Undersecretary for administration Rolando Canizal told reporters the tourism master plan was aligned with the current...

Special Report: Striking a balance to end labor contractualization

MANILA, Philippines – Old habits die hard. For a country like the Philippines, which has been used to the practice of contracting – sometimes legal, sometimes not – ridding itself of the decades-long habit is like committing suicide. The issue on labor contracting...