Tourist Visa Change

Tourists from 166 countries can now avail of the expanded 30-day free visa upon arrival and six months for retirees as part of the government efforts to prove "It is more fun in the Philippines".
Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez said this in a speech before the General Membership Meeting of the Makati Business Club that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration have issued circular to extend the free visa upon arrival to 166 countries to 30 days from 21 days and for retirees to enjoy 6 month free visa upon arrival.

"This is to show that the Philippines is more fun no matter what age you are," Jimenez said.
Jimenez said as he stressed that the "national government spearheads the review of policy bottlenecks that run counter to tourism promotion efforts."

911 Davao

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio announced Monday the creation of a transition team, which will temporarily man the operations of the city's Central Communications and Emergency Response Center (Central 911).

This after Mario Verner Monsanto was ordered relieved from his post as chief of Central 911 chief effective March 12.

Guns Down In Davao

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio submitted a resolution Tuesday requesting the Philippine National Police (PNP) to declare a gun ban in Davao City for the whole March.
The Davao City Peace and Order Council (DCPOC) approved the resolution in line with the month-long 75th Araw ng Dabaw celebration.

“It will be for the whole month of March instead of four days, which was the original plan,” the mayor said.
Araw ng Dabaw is one of the biggest events in the city, aside from Kadayawan Festival. It is expected to draw thousands of visitors from provinces and other countries.

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