Baguio eyed for re­hab

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

ON THE heels of the clo­sure of Bo­ra­cay, Tourism Sec­re­tary Wanda Teo an­nounced over the week­end, a need for the Baguio City to

un­dergo re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The Sum­mer Cap­i­tal records tourist ar­rivals at 1,521,748 up by 17.52 per­cent visà-vis the 2016 data of 1,294,906 do­mes­tic and for­eign tourists. This num­ber also sur­passed the na­tional pro­jec­tion of the Depart­ment of Tourism of 1,359,000.00 or 11.97 per­cent over the na­tional pro­jec­tion.

Teo in an in­ter­view over na­tional tele­vi­sion con­firmed Baguio is be­ing con­sid­ered for a much needed re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as one of the top tourism sites in the coun­try.

Councilor Elmer Da­tuin, who chairs the com­mit­tee on tourism wel­comed the pro­nounce­ments of the tourism chief say­ing help from the agency is needed and has been long over­due.

Da­tuin said years ago, the depart­ment has agreed to help in sub­si­diz­ing up­keep of Burn­ham Park, but, funds have yet to be re­ceived by the city.

“We wel­come that and any help they can ex­tend for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts of the city for its des­ti­na­tions,” added Da­tuin.

DOT – CAR re­gional di­rec­tor Venus Tan was un­avail­able to com­ment on the is­sue as she is cur­rently in a meet­ing with Teo.

Re­cently, the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (Unesco) cited the city as part of the Cre­ative City Net­work.

Baguio is now among 15 cities in the world rec­og­nized in the field of craft and folk arts af­ter its ap­pli­ca­tion months ago to the Unesco was backed by the city and Depart­ment of Tourism.

To­day, the city aims to em­power the cre­ative sec­tor to spur eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment with its 56 es­tab­lish­ments di­rectly de­voted to crafts and folk arts, gen­er­at­ing gross re­ceipts of more than 57 mil­lion, the in­clu­sion to the Unesco CCN is seen to be­come a strong eco­nomic driver fo­cus­ing on MSMEs power to har­ness sus­tain­able and in­clu­sive growth.

In 2013 un­der for­mer Depart­ment of Tourism Re­gional Di­rec­tor Pu­rifi­ca­cion Molin­tas, a pres­i­den­tial task was formed for both for Bo­ra­cay and Baguio which was tagged as “frag­ile” by the palace.

Dur­ing that time, Baguio pre­sented a de­vel­op­ment plan as well as present ef­forts of the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress is­sues on pop­u­la­tion growth and tourism.

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