31 tourism ‘movers’ in NegOcc feted for sus­tain­able prac­tices

Panay News - - BUSINESS -

BACOLOD City – A to­tal of 31 tourism stake­hold­ers were rec­og­nized by the pro­vin­cial govern­ment of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal on Sept. 21 for their con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the province’s tourism in­dus­try.

The awardees were con­sid­ered the “movers” of the pro­grams and projects that aim to strengthen tourism as one of the ma­jor eco­nomic growth driv­ers of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT) Re­gion 6 su­per­vis­ing tourism op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Phoebe Zelic Areño, who spoke at the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Tourism Ex­cel­lence Awards held at the Capi­tol So­cial Hall, urged the awardees to con­tinue their hard work for tourism pro­mo­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

The l ocal govern­ment units ( LGUs) of Hini­garan, Bi­nal­ba­gan, and the cities of Sa­gay, Bago and Tal­isay were rec­og­nized as the top five con­tribut­ing LGUs for the day tourist ar­rival count in 2017.

For visi­tor ar­rival count, the awardees were Si­palay City as top con­tribut­ing l ocal­ity; San Carlos City, sec­ond; Ka­bankalan City, third; Cadiz City, fourth; and Tal­isay City, fifth.

A spe­cial ci­ta­tion was also awarded to San Carlos City for be­ing a re­cip­i­ent of the ASEAN Clean Tourist City award.

The cities of Sa­gay and Si­palay were rec­og­nized as well for hav­ing been short­listed in the As­so­ci­a­tion of Tourism Of­fi­cers of the Philip­pines Pearl Awards.

Spe­cial ci­ta­tions were given to Teresa Al­varez of EB Ma­ga­lona as tourism of­fi­cer; Si­lay City for her­itage tourism; and Cadiz City as Best Per­form­ing Tourism Of­fice and Tourism-Ori­ented LGU.

Spe­cial ci­ta­tions for best booths dur­ing the Pro­vin­cial Tourism Fair were given to LGUs from the sec­ond, third and sixth districts.

The province also gave spe­cial ci­ta­tions to se­nior tour guide Ar­turo Lac­son, Philip­pine Life­sav­ing, and blog­gers Lea Jean Gazo, Glady Reyes, Claire Al­garme and Mar­i­an­ito Vito for pro­mot­ing tourism in their re­spec­tive plat­forms.

Rec­og­nized as part­ners in the academe were VMA Global Col­lege, Univer­sity of St. La Salle, Cole­gio San Agustin- Bacolod, La Con­so­la­cion Col­lege-Bacolod, and STI-West Ne­gros Univer­sity.

More­over, Areño said DOT- 6 is do­ing its best to pre­serve, de­velop and pro­mote the tourism des­ti­na­tions, cul­ture, and prod­ucts of the re­gion.

“Let us all strive and help one an­other for the pro­tec­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity of the tourism in­dus­try for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and tourists to en­joy and ex­pe­ri­ence,” she added.

Pro­vin­cial su­per­vis­ing tourism op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Cris­tine Mansinares, who heads the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Tourism Di­vi­sion, said the province ap­pre­ci­ates the awardees for their ef­fort and sup­port to the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s tourism pro­gram and projects.

She also thanked them for help­ing carry out the vi­sion of the pro­vin­cial tourism de­vel­op­ment plan.

The Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal

ILOILO City – Hon­or­ing the con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety of re­tirees, the De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT) Re­gion 6 con­ducted the Se­nior Cit­i­zen Tour in the Province and City of Iloilo on Sept. 21.

“The Se­nior Cit­i­zen tour is a way the De­part­ment of Tourism Re­gion VI ac­knowl­edged the con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety es­pe­cially in the academe of Iloilo Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Univer­sity (ISAT-U) Re­tirees As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers. We want them to have re­lax­ation and to en­joy the beauty of Iloilo City and Province. I would like also to ex­press my gratitude for them in ad­vance be­cause they will also con­duct re­search on his­tor­i­cal places of Iloilo City and Province af­ter the tour in or­der to pro­vide broader in­for­ma­tion for the tourists com­ing to West­ern Visayas,” DOT 6 re­gional direc­tor Atty. He­len Catal­bas said.

The ( ISAT- U) Re­tirees As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers vis­ited Sta. Bar­bara Church and Mu­seum and had a sight-see­ing at Damires Hills in Ja­ni­uay, Iloilo. They also ex­pe­ri­ence Baye-baye mak­ing in Pavia, Iloilo and Tablea Demo in Tourism Ex­cel­lence Awards capped the cel­e­bra­tion of 18th Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Tourism Week held on Sept. 14-21 with the theme, “Tourism and the Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion”. ( PNA)

Iloilo. Re­tirees also toured and en­joyed in Me­ga­world and Es­planade in Man­dur­riao, Iloilo City. They also ex­plored Casa Riza­liana, Molo Man­sion,Molo Church and Molo Plaza.

Mean­while, the rolling tours of the re­tirees passed by Jaro Cathe­dral, Lizares Man­sion and Nelly Gar­den in Jaro district.

They also paid a cour­tesy call on DOT 6 re­gional direc­tor Catal­bas at the new DOT 6 of­fice at Casa Real de Iloilo, Iloilo Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol./



Photo shows the en­trance of the Mam­bukal Moun­tain Re­sort in Mur­cia, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, which boasts pris­tine hot springs and lush forests.

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