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Camarines Sur hosts the Basilica Minore, home to the miraculous image of image of the Patroness of Bicolandia, Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.

The agency also asked potential consultants to submit eligibility documents for another project—the conduct a master plan study of Calbayog Airport.

The approved budget for each of the studies is P7 million. Deadline for submission of eligibility is September 14, 2012.

DOTC will shortlist five prospective bidders per project. Only those in the short list can submit formal bids.

The criteria for short listing under both bids are the following: applicable experience of the firm (50%), qualification of personnel who may be assigned to the job vis-à-vis extent and complexity of the undertaking (30%), and current workload relative to capacity (20%).

The move to develop an airport in San Jose, Camarines Sur came in light of the province’s sustained growth in tourism. In 2010, Camarines Sur overtook perennial favorites Metro Manila, Cebu, and Boracay as the top tourism destination in the country, according to the Department of Tourism.

That year, 2.33 million visitors came to the province, visiting mostly the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) and the Caramoan Island. The figure was 223% higher than the 721,024 visitors Camarines Sur had in 2008.

Apart from CWC and Caramoan, other popular tourist destinations in the province are the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Church in Naga, the 19th-century churches in Goa, San Jose, and Sagñay. It is also famous for the beaches of Sagñay, Sabang, and Pasacao.

Calbayog, meanwhile, is the biggest city in Samar Island in terms of population. As such, it is one of the commercial trade centers in Eastern Visayas.

Apart from its growing economy, Calbayog is also home to a host of natural tourist attractions such as the Bangon-Bugtong, Tabokno, and Pan-as Falls; the Danao and Guinogo-an Caves; Mapaso Hot Spring; Mawacat Slide; Binaliw Isle; and the beaches of Malajog, Naga, and Bagacay Beach.

Photo from http://www.camarinessur.gov.ph/home

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