Benguet tourism code sought

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Re­porter

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.

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