Coun­cil to push tourism dev’t in 7th district

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad/MBG

An In­te­grated Area De­vel­op­ment (IAD) Coun­cil for the 7th District of Cebu was formed this week to re­al­ize the vi­sion of its lead­ers to make the district a cen­ter for sus­tain­able tourism in the Philip­pines by 2028.

The coun­cil is com­posed of may­ors from the eight lo­cal gov­ern­ment units of the district, the gover­nor, and the con­gress­man of South­west Cebu.

The towns un­der this district are Du­man­jug, Ronda, Al­can­tara, Moal­boal, Ba­dian, Ale­gria, Mal­abuyoc, and Gi­nati­lan.

The gover­nor is ap­pointed as ex-of­fi­cio chair­man. Once the coun­cil con­venes, a co-chair­man shall be elected among the eight may­ors. The term of the IAD coun­cil mem­bers is fixed for three years, co­in­cid­ing with the reg­u­lar terms of of­fice of the elected lo­cal of­fi­cials.

Un­der the agree­ment, the mem­bers are to align their ini­tia­tives and use their re­sources to not only pro­mote the district as a tourism des­ti­na­tion but also to ad­dress the “high poverty in­ci­dence” in the district.

One of the group's vi­sions is to re­duce poverty within the district by cre­at­ing con­di­tions for bal­anced so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment through an in­te­grated, par­tic­i­pa­tory and re­sults­based ap­proach.

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