PIA Press Release
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Cagayan Valley coastal tourism development plan craftedby Thelma C. Bicarme
TUGUEARAO CITY, September 27 (PIA) -- Representatives from the different coastal municipalities of Cagayan and Isabela, regional line agencies, provincial local government units and private institutions recently participated in a two-day workshop on Cagayan Valley Coastal Tourism Development Planning conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 2.
NEDA director Milagros A. Rimando, in her opening remarks, said the activity specifically aims to formulate a regional coastal tourism development framework which will link and attain complementation between the coastal areas of Cagayan and Isabela, and identify development interventions and area-specific programs and projects to support the integrated coastal tourism plan.
Rimando stressed the importance of tourism as one of the biggest industries in the world that brings significant impact in the economy especially in job employment. “With the wide coastal area and rich coastal resources, Region 2 could offer a lot in tourism,” she said.
“The plan shall serve as the basis of the government and private sectors in developing tourism in the said area,” Rimando likewise stressed.
RD Rimando also said the participants must dwell on two important points such as environmental sustainability and the firm implementation system of the plan.
She encouraged vigorous involvement among the members and bring up more concrete perspective of coastal tourism potential in the region since this is the first ever planning conducted for the purpose.
Meantime, to set the regional tourism direction, Engr. Tumaliuan , presented the Global and National Tourism trends wherein Region 2 has a total tourist arrival of 24, 453 which primarily came from USA, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. Domestic tourism also accounted to 767, 000 travels which is considered low compared to other regions.
The participants were grouped into four wherein the Cagayan province is divided into three cluster groupings: Sta. Praxedes-Ballesteros will make up the western part, Aparri-Sta.Ana for the North-Eastern Coastal part, and Gattaran-Peñablanca for the South-Eastern part. The fourth group is composed of Isabela’s coastal municipalities namely Divilacan, Palanan, Maconacon and Dinapigue.
The groups came out with situational analyses in each coastal municipality, list of existing and potential sites and services for tourism activities with the development issues and constraints and key development interventions, initial coastal tourism framework, and awareness of participants on the planning process and sustainable tourism concepts and principles. (TCB/AU/PIA 2)