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Philippines: Government, Rebels Sign Peace Accord

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Government officials have signed a power-sharing accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the third of four proposed pacts that will assist in establishing a final peace agreement with the southern Moro guerrillas. The final of the four agreements is expected to be signed in January, bringing peace after decades of conflict. The pact [read more]

Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan Kills Thousands, Closes Airports

Date: November 15th, 2013 | No Comments

Typhoon Haiyan devastated six central islands Nov. 8, leaving as many as 10,000 people dead. In addition to Leyte, where the coastal town of Tacloban was reported to be 80-90 percent destroyed, the areas hit the hardest were the central provinces of Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Panay and Mindoro. Non-essential travel to the regions affected by [read more]

Philippines: Updated Travel Warning from U.S. Dept. of State

Date: February 13th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Dept. of State has issued an updated travel warning for the island nation to reflect ongoing security issues, particularly in the Sulu Archipelago and the southern island of Mindanao. U.S. citizens should continue to avoid non-essential travel to the Sulu region due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers, and violence [read more]

Philippines: From Power Plant to Tourist Destination

Date: February 15th, 2012 | No Comments

In 1984, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was set to be the first power plant of its type in Southeast Asia. Then the Chernobyl disaster happened in Russia, and the plans to start using the plant were abruptly stalled. After years of lobbying, the plant looked as if it might actually be turned on, until [read more]

Philippines: Damaged Infrastructure Prompts Travel Alert

Date: December 28th, 2011 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert regarding the recent flash flooding that has occurred in the Philippines. Traveling through or residing in the southern portions of the Philippines, particularly Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte provinces, will prove difficult due to the immense amounts of damage sustained during the flooding. While floodwaters [read more]

Philippines: Officials Call for Tourists to Visit

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

The provinces of Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Panay and Mindoro are still recovering from the devastation of November’s Typhoon Haiyan. However, tour operators report that many of the nation’s 7,000 islands were left unscathed, with many hotels and tourism companies still open for business. Officials are calling on foreigners to visit, as the local economies [read more]

Philippines: Earthquake Closes Airport, Destroys Historic Buildings

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

The Tagbilaran Airport on the central Philippine island of Bohol reopened after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the country. Up to 100 people were killed in the Oct. 15 quake, with most casualties reported on Bohol and Cebu. Electricity was disrupted and officials warned people to stay out of large buildings until inspections deemed them [read more]

Philippines: Flights to be Rerouted due to Missile Threat

Date: April 11th, 2012 | No Comments

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced that several airlines will reroute flights over the country to avoid a rocket North Korea is expected to launch within the next two weeks. During the launch times, three air corridors in the northeast will be closed, adding an estimated 20 minutes of travel time for flights [read more]

Philippines: Government says Country Safe for Tourists

Date: January 11th, 2012 | No Comments

Despite a recent travel warning from the U.S. State Department, the Philippine government insists that the country is safe for tourists. In fact, the travel warning was released on the same day that the Philippine Department of Tourism revealed its new slogan: “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that [read more]

Philippines: Deadly Flash Floods Kill Hundreds, Leave Region in Disrepair

Date: December 17th, 2011 | No Comments

Flash floods in the southern Philippines killed at least 500 people and left thousands stranded. Washi, the tropical storm that set off the floods, hit the region Dec. 16. The storm was the 19th to hit the country this year, a stark reminder of the South Pacific’s unpredictable weather patterns during cyclone season, which runs [read more]

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