San Car­los City among int’l Top 100 ‘re­spon­si­ble tourism’ desti­na­tions

Panay News - - BUSINESS -

BA­COLOD City – The i nclu­sion of San Car­los City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal in the world’s 2018 Top 100 Sus­tain­able Desti­na­tions i s an af­fir­ma­tion of i t s s u s t a i n a b l e t o u r i s m prac­tices, its city tourism chief said.

Philip Ger­ard Maisog re­ceived the award dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at the Lin­den­berg Home for the Arts i n Ni­jmegen i n The Nether­lands on Sept. 27, World Tourism Day.

“We are happy and proud that the city’s sus­tain­able prac­tices re­ceived proper recog­ni­tion,” Maisog said.

San Car­los City, which is headed by Mayor Ger­ardo Val­mayor Jr., i s the only l ocal gov­ern­ment unit ( LGU) i n the Philip­pines in­cluded on this year’s list.

The cer­tifi­cate awarded to San Car­los City, signed by Al­bert Sal­man, pres­i­dent of Sus­tain­able Desti­na­tions Top 100 Se­lec­tion Panel, stated that i t “has won a place among the 2018 Sus­tain­able Desti­na­tions Top 100 i n recog­ni­tion of its ef­forts to­wards re­spon­si­ble tourism and dis­tinc­tive ap­peal.”

The Top 100 Sus­tain­able Desti­na­tions web­site states that “San Car­los, a sec­ond- class com­po­nent city i n Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, has al­ways been an ad­vo­cate in clean and green prac­tices.”

I t also de­scribes San Car­los as hav­ing “nat­u­ral re­sources ( which) in­cludes an is­land with two barangays, p r o t e c t e d s e a s c a p e s , pro­tected nat­u­ral parks, nu­mer­ous caves, wa­ter­falls and beau­ti­ful land­scapes.”

Si­p­away, the is­land be­ing r eferred t o, pro­motes com­mu­nity- based re­source man­age­ment and high­lights com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in the pro­tec­tion of tourist spots.

PHOTO BY SYMON MER­CADO

Si­p­away Is­land is de­tached from main­land San Car­los City and can be reached in 15 to 20 min­utes by mo­tor­ized bangka. Si­p­away pro­motes com­mu­nity-based re­source man­age­ment and high­lights com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in the pro­tec­tion of tourist spots.

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