Duterte cites farm tourism

Tempo - - Front Page - (Ar­gyll Cyrus B. Ge­ducos)

Pres­i­dent Duterte on Fri­day rec­og­nized how farm tourism be­came an ef­fec­tive tool in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the growth of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and how it spices up the Philip­pines as a culi­nary des­ti­na­tion.

In a speech dur­ing the Kaon Ta! Food and Travel Expo in Davao City, Duterte reaf­firmed the role of tourism in achiev­ing in­clu­sive growth and re­duc­ing poverty through the cre­ation of more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple.

The Pres­i­dent also lauded the Depart­ment of Tourism's ap­proach in pro­mot­ing Filipino cui­sine as part of the coun­try's at­trac­tions by mak­ing the Philip­pines as a "cen­ter of food and gas­tron­omy in the world."

"I am glad that this tourism ap­proach has gained in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity with the grow­ing num­ber of Filipinos and for­eign tourists as­pir­ing to take a break from the stress of city life and, at the same time, aug­ment their in­come, help them pro­vide more for their fam­i­lies, and im­prove the crop pro­duc­tion," he said.

"The suc­cess of this platform demon­strates our com­mit­ment to raise aware­ness and gen­er­ate more de­mand for these grow­ing in­dus­tries. More im­por­tantly, this will also pro­vide our peo­ple ac­cess to a health­ier and more sus­tain­able life­style," he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent, gath­er­ing lo­cal chefs with their world­class dishes in one event fos­ters the im­age of the Philip­pines as a great culi­nary des­ti­na­tion.

"Let this oc­ca­sion there­fore strengthen your re­solve to fur­ther de­velop Filipino cui­sine, agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, and tech­nol­ogy that cel­e­brate the best of be­ing Filipino," Duterte said.

"I trust that the par­tic­i­pants will al­ways pur­sue sus­tain­abil­ity and in­no­va­tion in their pro­duc­tion pro­cesses so we can ensure their global qual­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness with the rest of the world," he added.

Duterte ex­pressed hope that the di­verse Filipino culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence would be ap­pre­ci­ated more by Filipinos as farm tourism soars to "greater heights."

Kaon Ta! is a food and travel fes­ti­val de­signed to cre­ate aware­ness and in­ter­est in Philip­pine cui­sine and tourist des­ti­na­tions. It fea­tures lo­cal chefs, lo­cal dishes, lo­cal prod­ucts, and farm tourism sites.

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