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Romar Miranda and Jeshyl Guiroy
Under resolution No. 990-2020, city government employees will receive a P10,000 Service Recognition Incentive (SRI) for the fiscal year 2020. According to Regina Cantillo, chief of the City Budget Office (CBO), the incentive would also cover “all plantilla position” and funding for the implementation will be sourced from personal services of all offices.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) on Friday celebrated its 21st year as a United Nations Educational Scientific
The pandemic has dictated this year's pivotal event, with Mayor Bayron candidly admitting that they had to realign the funds for such event to the city government's COVID-19 response. There were no usual fireworks display and live attendance was kept at only around 200 people.
City councilor Elgin Damasco was initially critical at the cooperative for making the request for a P15 million additional city budget, citing its P25 million funding for its expansion project from the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
The city government, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), conducted a blended learning session to strengthen the city's tourism industry last November 14.
Julio Sergio, personnel from the CEO, providing updates to the City Council on Monday, said that each lamp post was pegged at P126,534.97. A total of 1,873 streetlights were plotted in Phase 1.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which is assisting the project through its Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) project, said in a press statement on Tuesday that its goal is to promote economic growth for urban areas in the country.
Park superintendent Elizabeth Maclang said Tuesday in a phone interview that the park has welcomed only 61,458 visitors, roughly translating to a generated income of P20.68 million, during the pre-pandemic period from January to March 15. This was only about 18 percent of the tourist arrivals compared to the over-all 2019 figures of 331,556 guest arrivals that yielded to at least P107.63 million.
The virtual presentations aired live on the city tourism Facebook page from August 28 to 30, highlighted on the thick Cuyunon culture, including dances, speeches, folk songs, and poetry.
Engr. Kenneth Alcala, representative from the CEO, appearing at the City Council on Monday, said they will start the implementation of the comprehensive drainage plan in Barangays San Pedro, San Manuel, and San Miguel.
Councilors Jimmy Carbonell and Roy Ventura cited PCCII's claim that Castillo is still facing various administrative and criminal charges which makes him “unfit for the position”.
The ordinance (SDO No. 64-2020) also included several other provisions which it authors say should make Puerto Princesa City a "bike travel friendly city."