More hotels are getting booked in time for the world-renowned MassKara Festival next month, a government press release said.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that as early as three months before the October event, hotel rooms in the city were getting booked by local and foreign tourists who want to witness the MassKara Festival that he called the "crown jewel" of Bacolod’s tourism industry.
Hotel rooms have increased from 1,612 rooms in 2004 to 3,678 this year, the press release said.
Negros Occ. seen to pioneer
commercial sorghum ethanol
The Philippines may be able to produce its first commercial scale sweet sorghum-based ethanol as the Philippine National Oil Co.-Alternative Fuels Corp. is in exploratory talks to establish a 1,000-hectare sweet sorghum plantation in Negros Occidental, a press release from the Bureau of Agricultural Research Philippines said.
The sweet sorghum production will require P45-P75 million investment at a P30,000-50,000 per hectare production cost.
The cane will be used to produce sweet sorghum syrup for ethanol production at the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc.'s plant in San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, the press release said.
‘Piracy woes beset
With the Filipino seafarers raking in more than $3.8 billion in revenue for the country in 2010 and more this year, the threats of piracy need urgent interventions from stakeholders, Maritime Industry Authority Western Visayas regional director Mary Ann Armi Arcilla said in a government press release.
The Philippines providing 25 percent of seafarers in the world, their vulnerability to piracy is also high, the press release said.
Arcilla led the other maritime agencies and institutions during the opening ceremonies of the National Maritime Week Celebration in Iloilo City, September 26-30.