Benguet tourism code sought
AN ORDINANCE pushing to tackle the promotion and development of the tourism in Benguet is underway.
To support tourism programs and projects, Board Member Robert Namoro said they are seeking the approval of the proposed an ordinance dubbed “Enacting the Provincial Tourism Code of Benguet to govern the Tourism Industry, its promotion, development and administration.”
The provisions of the code will apply to all local government units, agencies, nongovernment organizations, business and establishments for tourism and persons involved in the tourism industry.
“In relation to tourism destinations, we do not have problem with that as of now although the distance of the places tourists visit are far. We would like to find a way,” added Namoro.
Salient feature of the ordinance states the promotion of various tourist areas according to its tourism potentials such as the Wangal Park and Sports Center, demo farm at Sablan as a learning center, apiary demo farm at San Pascual, Tuba and the Sakura Park at Atok.
Aside from the tourist destination, Namoro said Benguet can offer cultural practices, dances and festivals.
In the proposed ordinance, towns are mandated to create a municipal tourism officer, specially to frequently visited municipalities.
“Acknowledging tourism as a major factor in income and employment generation of the province of Benguet, every local government unit is strongly encouraged to increase its manpower and sufficient budgetary allocation for its operations,” said Namoro.
Under the proposed ordinance, programs should be geared towards the needs of the stakeholders of the tourism industry and infrastructures for accessibility.
“It (Tourism) is one of the things we could provide directly or indirectly as income of LGU, direct beneficial to those people engage in business,” said Namoro who mentioned additional inputs are welcome to be submitted to the committee for the final drafting of the ordinance.
A Benguet Provincial Tourism, Culture and Arts Council will also be created with an initial funding of P2 million for the implementation of the code.