Philip­pines to host Global Farm Tourism Sum­mit on July 17-19

Business World - - BULLETINS -

THE coun­try’s farm tourism sec­tor will once more get a ma­jor push as a driver of in­clu­sive eco­nomic growth in the first-ever Global Farm Tourism Sum­mit set at the Sum­mit Ridge Ho­tel in Ta­gay­tay City on July 17 to 19.

Themed “Man­ag­ing Cli­mate Risks through Sus­tain­able Farm Tourism,” the event is or­ga­nized by the In­ter­na­tional School of Sus­tain­able Tourism (ISST), the Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT), and the South­east Asian Re­gional Cen­ter for Grad­u­ate Study and Re­search in Agri­cul­ture (SEARCA).

Ac­cord­ing to ISST pres­i­dent Mina Ga­bor, the con­fab will put the spot­light on the unique fu­sion of farm­ing and tourism which has be­come a world­wide trend.

The for­mer tourism chief said that the sum­mit will take to the global level the an­nual farm tourism conference­s they have been un­der­tak­ing since 2013.

“Farm Tourism at­tracts vis­i­tors to ar­eas for ed­u­ca­tional and recre­ational pur­poses that en­cour­age eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity to pro­vide farm and com­mu­nity in­come. It is one of the coun­try’s sun­shine in­dus­tries which can be de­vel­oped be­cause of our vast agri­cul­tural re­sources,” she noted.

DOT sec­re­tary Ber­nadette Ro­mulo-Puyat, a farm­ing ad­vo­cate, will key­note the three-day meet and spell out the depart­ment’s di­rec­tions based on Repub­lic Act 10816, known as the Farm Tourism De­vel­op­ment Act of 2016, au­thored by Sen. Cyn­thia Vil­lar.

The event is sup­ported by the Tourism Pro­mo­tions Board, Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment of Cavite, the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG), the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try, the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Ru­ral Re­con­struc­tion, and the Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines.

Top­ics in­clude farm­ing by mil­len­ni­als by Cainta Vice-Mayor Pia Schuck-Velasco, women em­pow­er­ment by Di­matal­ing (Zam­boanga del Sur) Mayor Maria Dolores Baya, and cli­mate-smart Farm­ing by In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter for Trop­i­cal Agri­cul­ture Di­rec­tor for Asia Dindo Campi­lan.

Lead­ing prac­ti­tion­ers who will share their ex­pe­ri­ences are Villa So­corro Agri-Eco Vil­lage and Farm Re­sort Gen­eral Man­ager Ray­mund Aaron, Puente­spina Farm by Co-owner Dr. Roberto Puente­spina, Jr., and Rapha Val­ley Owner Al­bert Jo.

Pro­vid­ing global out­look on farm tourism are Sapa O’Chau (Viet­nam) Founder Tan Thi Su, Sam­pran River­side (Thai­land) Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Ar­rut Navaraj, Nur­ture Well­ness Vil­lage Pres­i­dent Cathy Turvill, and Move­ment of In­cen­tive Travel Ex­ec­u­tives Pres­i­dent Rose Li­bongco, and Am­bas­sador to New Zealand Je­sus Domingo.

More­over, govern­ment re­source per­sons are Bureau of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Stan­dards- Or­ganic Agri­cul­ture Of­fi­cer- in- Charge (OIC) Mark Matubang, DILG Bureau of Lo­cal Govern­ment De­vel­op­ment OIC di­rec­tor Anna Liza Bon­agua, La Union Gover­nor Fran­cisco Em­manuel Ortega III, and DOT 4-A Re­gional Di­rec­tor Vernie Mo­rales.

There will also be a side ex­hibit of lo­cally-grown agri­cul­tural pro­duce from part­ners and par­tic­i­pat­ing farms.

The con­fab con­cludes with an oc­u­lar visit to In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Ru­ral Re­con­struc­tion in Si­lang, Cavite to of­fer par­tic­i­pants a first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence on its suc­cess­ful projects.

For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to­st­philip­ or fol­low the ISST Face­book page.

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