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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012


Mayor Sara gives all-out support to tourism industry

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 13 – City mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio said that she is giving her all out support to the tourism industry after inducting the new set of officers, board of directors and members of the Dabaw Tourism Operators Association (Dabtoa) inside her office yesterday.

“The tourism industry is the biggest industry that brings in money from outside Davao City,” she said.

The Mayor added that her administration is very much willing to help Dabtoa composed mostly of tour operators and business establishments that are involved in the tourism business.

Mayor Duterte-Carpio inducted the Dabtoa officers led by its president Charito Aranda of 829 One World Travel. The others are vice-president Lino Lee of John Gold Group, secretary Susan Alvarado of 109 Ticket Zone, treasurer Aida Avila of Pacific Blue Travel, assistant treasurer Estrelita Jagonia of Jewelry Express, auditor Jerome Camina of RCBC, press relation officers Darius Relatado of GMA Davao Channel 7 and Lito delos Reyes of Mindanao Daily Mirror.

The board of directors are John Baricuatro of John Gold Group, Domingo Ang of Marina Tuna, Ronald Go of EcoTrans Car Rentals, Evelyn Elemino of D'Leonor Hotel, Jaime Llames of Philippine Retirement Authority, Elizabeth Dureza of Seagull Mountain Resort and Alma Uy of Tagum Tourism Council, who was represented by Edith Julian of Haven's Peak Mountain Resort.

Inducted as new members were Mary Vic Alvarez of Sunny World Travel, Ronelyn Llanos of Miso Spa, Ray Irwin Rubio of Cubepixel, Abegail Dionela of Bonjee Clowns, Jazmine Middleton of Bluejaz Resort and Queenie Fukuoka of Oriental Restaurant.

Dabtoa, which now has 30 officers and members, will be celebrating its first year anniversary on June 14 at 2 p.m. at the D'Leonor Hotel in Bajada.

Among Dabtoa's activities held last year were the first Davao Tourism & Trade Expo at the NCCC Mall in August, Kayak Summerfest at Bluejaz Resort in Samal in May and their participation to the Philippine Travel Mart at the SM Megamall last September.

“We will have more bigger events this year,” said Aranda. (PR/PIA 10)

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