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Boracay Island, energizing tourism activities in the Philippines tourism industry, best model: Series 1 of 2

Boracay Island, energizing tourism activities in the Philippines tourism industry, best model: Series  1 of 2

Playing Aragorn Enoch Esplana in Boracay Island
My son Aragorn Enoch Esplana, playing in the fine white sand of Boracay Island along the Station 2 beach front

By Elmer R. Esplana, Economist Blogger

When it comes to the white fine sand beaches in the Philippines, there is no other beach that can beat the Boracay Island.   Boracay is a tropical paradise.  It is 4 kilometers long powder white beach and crystal clear turquoise water which has been voted as one of the best beaches in the world.

In Boracay, there are all kinds of activities which you can do such as: island hopping, snorkeling, cliff diving, scuba diving, kiteboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, helmet diving, jet skiing , rubber fly-fishing, banana boating and speed boat riding, feasting and eating delicious seafoods in many of the hotels, resorts, restaurants and other available local food service establishments within the island and in the nearby island in Malay, Aklan.   There are also base camp activities which you can do like visiting the Agnaga Falls, Ocean Kayaking, Cave Tours, River Tours, River Trekking, Motag Living Museum Tour, Wild River Tubing,  Nagata Waterfall Trekking, etc. Some other activities which could also be done including thrill-seeking adventures,  helicopter tours,  luxury sailing,  land tours, horseback riding,  pub crawling, Boracay submarine under the water sea viewing,  shooting range,  eco-tour,  mermaid lesson and many more other things.  For those who would like an ultimate spa indulgences, there are packages such as: King and Queen Package, Patassa Spa Package, Romantic Mandala Spa Journey Package,  Roseidon Couples Package, Tirta Spa Package, to name some.

If eating is your major hobby,  you can eat and taste from the different restaurants available in the island, or in the hotels and resorts about Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Indian, American, Chinese, European, Italian, Greek cuisines and many other kinds of international cuisines which are being served by each food service establishment that you can visit or you want to eat.

During the night, particular activities would include night pool swimming,  night pub activities,  fire and cultural shows,  and eating-all-you-can night feasting in some hotels/resorts serving along the beach front of the Boracay Island,  particularly in Station 2.   Station 2 in Boracay Island is considered as the Central Business Station of Boracay Island.   It is also considered as the most popular station in the island where the so called D*Mall island boutique shops and food service establishments of varied kinds, and D*Talipapa seafoods market could be found.    You can even buy your souvenirs at the D*Mall.    You can also buy fresh seafoods from lobsters, shrimps, crabs (sometimes, they are still alive), and many kinds of fresh catch mussels, oysters, sea clams,  other shell fishes and varieties of small and big fishes that are available in the D*Talipapa market.   There are also restaurants within the D*Talipapa where you can just bring the seafoods  that you bought, then,  you can let them cook for you, the type of cuisine you want for them at a reasonable prices.  You can even take-out the food and bring them along with you in the hotel or resort where you are booked.   Expenses of doing this in D*Talipapa is cheaper as compared when you are going to order them in the hotel or resort that you are staying.

Depending on your choice,  you can use different transportation facilities  available from resort to the airport and vice versa which include,  standard transfer,  first class transfer,  private taxi and helicopter transfer.  Currently, the popular available airline companies which are flying  to  Caticlan, Aklan Airport include: Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific Air while for Kalibo, Aklan include: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Etihad Airways and Malaysian Airlines.  There is also a daily jet servicing airline from Manila to Caticlan and vice versa through the Skyjet Airlines.

So, next time you plan for a vacation,  I encourage you to include Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, as one of your bucket list priorities. One particularly development in Caticlan Airport at the current day is that, they would like to make it an international airport, similar to Kalibo Airport.  Caticlan was originally a cargo airport which was only used for  transporting food and non-food products  for Boracay Island.   Current construction is on-going, although, Caticlan Airport is already used as airport for passengers and tourists who are flying from Manila, then, to have a land and sea transfer from Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island and to the different hotel and resort accommodation servicing establishments.

We hope the construction of Caticlan Airport which is soon to be an international airport could be completed as within this year or next year.   Mabuhay to all Tourism Industry stakeholders in Boracay Island!  “Mabuhay ang bawat isang Filipino that we can travel to Boracay Island, as part of our tourism industry’s  champion tourist destination in promoting the beautiful island Philippines.”  Go for Vision 2050 Philippines!  Go Boracay!  It is really true that there are “More fun in the Philippines.”

Aragorn Enoch Snorkeling in Boracay Island
Aragorn Enoch Snorkeling in Boracay Island
My son Elrond Abram snorkeling in Boracay Island
My son Elrond Abram snorkeling in Boracay Island
Lobsters in Boracay D' Talipapa
Lobsters in Boracay D’ Talipapa
Walking along the fine while beach in Boracay Island
Walking along the fine while beach in Boracay Island

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From Karosa to wheelers

From Karosa to wheelers

by Carl Ulysses Aguillon/DA-PRDP/RPCO-12

Two-hectare farmland used by Cesar Suoberon
Two-hectare rice field farmland used by farmer Cesar Suoberon in Barangay Poblacion, Norala, South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY – For so long, farmers in a community in Barangay Poblacion, Norala, South Cotabato delivered their sacks of rice into the market through their karosa.

Karosa is a local term of a farm cart used by Filipino farmers, usually pulled by a carabao, in transporting rice produce and other commodities from their farms.

“It was our only mean in bringing our produce from this area up to the pick-up point,” Cesar Suoberon, tilling a 2-hectare rice field in the area for more than 30 years, explained.

“Only our carabao and the Karosa can pass the area because of the road’s ugly condition.”

Suoberon added that haulers would tend to backtrack from picking their produce in the area because the road was almost impassable, muddy and even always denied them of fresh products reaching the heart of Norala.

“But now, we are happy that come our harvest time, we will no longer use Karosa, instead, truckers will directly come to our areas and pick our produce because of this road project,” the exultant farmer stated.

Suoberon confirmed that multiple-wheeled vehicles are now freely passing their production areas.

“Big trucks are now always bypassing this road making it easier for us to deliver our produce,” he added.

The Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Norala just recently completed the 1.7-kilometer road concreting project in Barangay Poblacion named Rehabilitation of Purok Taurus-Central Balabago Farm-to-Market Road (FMR).

The P18.9-M worth of infra project, which benefits 500 farmers including Mr. Suoberon, covers a service area of 900 hectares.

This project is under the infrastructure development component of DA-PRDP which aims to build strategic network of rural logistics infrastructure within priority value chains in targeted program areas.

Last year, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol praised the project for its culture of no corruption.

“With PRDP’s culture of no corruption, we are contributing to changing the culture of the Philippine political leaders,” the agri chief said.

The PRDP is a six-year program implemented by the DA with the World Bank for the creation of an inclusive, value-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

No hauling fee

Aside from the aforesaid benefits, Mr. Alex Parreño of Barangay Poblacion noted that the road project will now ensure them of free hauling fee since truckers will certainly penetrate their area because of better road condition.

He stated that rice truckers before often complained of the murky way that sometimes led the farmers’ transported products to tumble and these haulers would chose to just wait in a designated pick-up point rather than going straight to the area.

This subsequently steered for Mr. Parreño and his fellow farmers to pay additional hauling fee.

“We paid the hauling for fifteen pesos per sack before, but now it will be different because we will surely pay nothing,” the 67-year old farmer said.

Easy access to social services

Both Parreño and Suoberon are agreeable that with the advent of a concrete road, constituents in the area are now reaping wider array of benefits.

“We are now less worried of medical emergencies,” Suoberon said.

The farmer further noted that the DA-PRDP road project enabled them to bring speedily their ill family members to the hospital or clinic.

Parreño also added that authorities could now easily respond to untoward incidents in their area.

“Before, police personnel were sometimes hesitant to respond… the road condition prevented them to instantly report to the crime scene,” he said. (PR No. 1, January 16, 2017)

Before and After the DA-PRDP Road Project in Koronadal City
Before and After the DA-PRDP 1.7 kilometers Road Concreting Project in Barangay Poblacion , Norala, South Cotabato, SOCCKSSARGEN Region, Mindanao

Carl Ulysses Aguillon to contribute as writer for the Pinoy ACTS Technology Blog

Carl Ulysses Aguillon photo
Writer Carl Ulysses Aguillon photo taken from his Facebook account

Carl Ulysses Aguillon to contribute as writer for the Pinoy ACTS Technology Blog

By Elmer R. Esplana, Economist Blogger

Starting July 1, 2017,  I am happy to inform everyone that Carl Ulysses L. Aguillon will be contributing news/feature article for the Pinoy ACTS Technology Blog.

Carl is currently working as a writer of the Philippine Rural Development Project of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 12.  He will be sharing in blog agricultural development news, success stories, and best practices in project implementation in Region 12 or popularly known as the SOCCSKSARGEN Region of the Philippines.  He also worked as a writer from 2014 to 2015 at the Department of Agriculture-Region 12 Information Section and as Disc Jockey from 2013 to 2014 of the Happy FM Koronadal operated by Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation.

He can speaks Filipino, Hiligaynon and English. Carl was born in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. He finished his college for his AB Political Science in 2014 at the Notre Dame of Marbel University. He is currently taking his Masters in Public Administration at the same university.

Some of his area of interests include sports, rural development, debate and writing.  Before working in the Department of Agriculture,  Mr. Carl Aguillon was awarded the following:  Most Outstanding Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman in Koronadal City in 2011; Most Outstanding Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman for the Promotion of Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program given by the Commission on Population (Koronadal City) in 2012. He has participated training/workshop/conferences on the following topics: Farmcaster’s Briefing Workshop on DA’s Programs and Policies (2016); Enhancement Training on TV Production (2016); Mindanao Information Network Conference (2016); Data Visualization Seminar (2016); Rural Broadcaster’s Conference/Climate Change I-BRODKAS MO (2015); Development Legislation Seminar-Workshop (2011); Sangguniang Kabataan Newly Elected officials Orientation (2011); Peer Educator’s Training on Adolescent Health and Youth Development (2011); Empowering Future Leaders: City Youth Congress (2010); and 7th National Leadership Training (2009).

He is currently living in Koronadal City, South Kotabato. I am greatfully welcoming you,  Carl Aguillon in Pinoy ACTS Technology Blog.  For the 2050 Vision Philippines and the next generation of Lahing Kayumanggi, God bless you Carl! Mabuhay ang mga Filipino! God bless the Philippines!