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PTO to hold tourism development workshop

TABUK CITY (14 September) -- Aiming to develop further the tourism industry in the province, the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) will conduct a three-day seminar and workshop on Eco-Tourism, Trade and Industry Awareness and Tourist Safety on September 19-21.

Provincial Tourism Officer Grace Kidang said that the activity is schemed to provide the province's tourism industry stakeholders the needed information mobilizing them to take measures in sustaining the industry.

"This venue will provide opportunity for all concerned to share and convey their standpoint to address gaps, issues and concerns especially on tourist's safety while it also serves as a venue to deepen the awareness of participants resulting to better understanding and appreciation of the industry," she said.

To realize this purpose, Kidang said that the PTO strategized that the seminar will cover vital aspects of the province's tourism industry.

The first day of the seminar she said will cover topics on: the 'Role of the local governments in tourism development', to be discussed by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Francisco Gamatero; Eco Tourism Development to be discussed by the Tabuk Rotary Club President Natividad Sugguiyao; and presentation of the Province's Socio Economic Profile by Provincial Planning and Development Officer Norma Damian.

The second day will give focus on the discussions on the 'Kalinga Trade and Industry Trends and Development' by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Grace Baluyan, Tourist Safety and Security by the 501st Brigade Commander Col. Roberto Morales and updates on the Tourist Oriented Police, Community Oriented Police (TOP COP) by Philippine National Police (PNP) Kalinga Provincial Director Police Superintendent Florante Camuyot.

One vital output of this seminar is the active participation of all stakeholders in the review of the Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) policies since this will be included in the formulation of the Kalinga Tourism Code, she said.

This endeavor she said is in support to the national government's tourism development programs.

"With its potential to boost the country's economy, the national government is giving priority to the development of the tourism industry empowering the Local Government Units (LGUs) to develop their potentials," she said.

Aside from the economic and social benefit for the LGU's, tourism also generates jobs and local entrepreneurship," she said adding that this is one industry where we could compete globally considering the tourism attractions of the province. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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