Bantayan, Camotes islands new tourism master plans set to be implemented

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 05/31/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) are preparing to launch the recently completed Tourism Development Plans for the islands of…

Over 3k residents in Bantayan Is. got COVID vaccine jab

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/04/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – In an effort to expedite the safe reopening of the tourism industry, more than 3,000 residents in Bantayan Island were jabbed with the COVID-19 vaccines. The government and private sector conducted a two-day…

Employees of economic zones in Visayas covered under PBB for vaccination

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 06/04/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Employees in the economic zones in the Visayas will now be covered under the Project Balik Buhay (PBB) vaccination allocations. In a recent statement,  Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, presidential assistant for the Visayas, said…

Free swab tests for returning Filipino travelers at Mactan Cebu Int’l Airport

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/05/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Filipinos from abroad can now avail of free real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests at the Mactan airport. The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), in a press release, announced…

Quarantine center in Cebu suspends operations as COVID cases decrease

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/11/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Due to the continuous decline of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Cebu, a quarantine center here has suspended its operations. The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), in…

Biz group: Mandaue on its way to recovery

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/24/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Economic activities in Mandaue City are slowly helping the city on its road to recovery, a business group here said. In a press release issued by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for…

LTFRB-7 issues 240 special permits as of June 2

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/04/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB-7) issued a total of 240 special permits for vehicles allowed to operate under the ‘new normal’ as of Tuesday, June 2. Eduardo…

Mandaue leads in turnout of tri-cities rapid test

Morexette Marie B. Erram 05/16/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Reporting a turnout rate of 99.4 percent as of May 15, Mandaue City leads in the ‘strategic, rapid community mass test’ a week since it commenced, data from the government show. Data compiled…

Tri-city mass testing to help trace, prevent asymptomatic from becoming ‘super-spreaders’

Irene R. Sino Cruz 05/07/2020

CEBU CITY—The mass testing component of the Project Balik Buhay is vital in tracing asymptomatic persons and prevent them from becoming ‘super-spreaders.’ The Project Balik Buhay is a collaborative effort of the local government units of the…

Former SC spox: ‘Unelected’ presidential assistants cannot issue orders

Rosalie Abatayo 03/22/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A former spokesperson of the Supreme Court (SC) has questioned the authority of a presidential assistant to issue an “advisory,” which in effect, “orders” for policies to be implemented. Lawyer Theodore Te, in…

Planned rehab center in Cebu similar to Masbate

Carmel Loise Matus 08/30/2016

THE Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) plans to set up a drug rehabilitation center similar to a Catholic-run facility in the province of Masbate called Fazenda da Esperanca. During the Association of Government…

OPAV to partner with Cebu private hospitals in the rehab of drug users

Victor Anthony V. Silva 08/05/2016

    The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) is eyeing a partnership with private hospitals in the rehabilitation of drug dependents in Cebu. Presidential Assistant in the Visayas Michael Dino said the lack…

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