Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Phils completes HMLO 
training for Nov APEC

TAGBILARAN CITY, October 26 (PIA)--The Philippines recently completes the week-long training for host media liaison officers (HMLO) to assist international economies state media coming for the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) ministers conference set November 17-20. 

This as the country readies to receive and host with the highest honors afforded for international leaders as 21 APEC member economies leaders land in Manila for the concluding APEC ministers conference this November 17-20.

The HMLO training, conducted by Revimarc de Mesa, international protocol consultant at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) happened at the Executive Secretaries Gallery of the Malacanang's Mabini Hall on October 20 and at the different APEC venues by the second through the fourth day.

The training, set for host media liaison officers equips local media to facilitate the coverage of international media tagging along with the APEC economy delegations in the numerous conferences as well as in designated state visits and the council's formal events, explained Deputy Director General for the Philippine Information Agency Virgilio Galvez. 

HMLOS are also expected to be professional aides of the international media delegations, organize their events in the Philippines, guide them through coverage, facilitate in the setting up of mobility as well as logistic requirements, be sources of local information and a host of other charm tasks, de Mesa said. 

That time, beginning as early as November 10, dignitaries from countries bordering the Pacific Ocean and sharing it, descend upon Manila for series of meetings, state visits and conferences including APEC advisory council meetings converge to lay out the APEC economic development blueprint for the future, explained Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Coloma. 

The APEC economies, roughly about 21 of the members also tag along with them their local media, which the host government estimate to be around 3,500 of them also pouring into the capital city for coverages, separate missions and tasks to highlight the Philippines and how they could enhance economic integration. 

Pre event preparations need to be facilitated including the registration and accreditation of media personalities to pass through immigration, facilitation of the shipping in of foreign media equipment through customs as well as to brief them of the APEC protocols laid out by the host country. 

In Manila, accredited hotels and venues for the meetings have also been spruced up and security set-ups installed to make the events successful, before the first official arrives at the Manila International Airport this month. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Siquijor 'info-tourism summit' 
to help develop new products 

TAGBILARAN CITY, October 26 (PIA)--With Bohol engrossed in innovating in ecotourism and wholesome family adventure activities, local information and tourism officers embark on a trip to nearby Siquijor to experience a sensational tourism marketing strategy which could be copied for Bohol towns. 

In the 22nd Regional Association of Development Information Officers (RADIO) Convention on October 28-30, the gab also bills as the 2nd Information and Tourism Summit in the Central Visayas, information and tourism officers would be joining in various tourism and information promotion activities, explains Hazel Gloria, of the RADIO secretariat. 

RADIO is an umbrella organization o all information officers from local government units (LGU) and national government agencies (NGA) public information officers (PIO) in the Central Visayas, Gloria divulged. 

Here, information and tourism officers get immersed into innovative adventure races to physically beat their personal bests, be in community immersions and be threaded by blogging activities during the two day convention to showcase writing and information gathering feats, she added. 

Now picking "Sensational Siquijor" as the convention banner activity, information and tourism officers get to see and experience outdoor tours mingled with exciting activities including swimming, paddling, running, cooking food, preparing local medicines, planting trees and baking local bread as team mates gather information about the visited sites and post them to blog sites, explained Vince Escario, 2016 RADIO event's organizer.

Organized by the Philippine Information Agency and supported by the tourism department, this year's Sensational Siquijor gets the information officers all over the mystical island province in a day of races, information gathering adventure and sheer fun, assures Minerva Newman, PIA regional Director. 

"At a time when Bohol is looking at the opening and operation of the new Bohol Airport in Panglao, Boholanos need to find creative solutions to develop more of its products and craft ways to sell them for tourism, and inputs from the three day event in Siquijor would definitely help." PIA Bohol, in its call to participants said.

The Siquijor should help information and tourism officers craft more tourism adventure packages as well as make better marketing strategies and information packets for their sites when they come home, according to PIA Bohol Information Center in their facebook page. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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