DOT Secretary officiates "Turismo Mismo!" final phase in Sorsogon
by MF Deniega
Sorsogon City (21 February) -- "Turismo Mismo!", a program in support to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's program on Grassroots Entrepreneurs for Ecotourism (GREET) enters into its final phase in the province with the turn-over of interaction kits including life vests and snorkeling gears to Butanding Interaction and Turismo Mismo officers and two glass-bottomed boats to the municipality of Donsol.
At the launching last February 12 in Donsol town, Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said the main objective of "Turismo Mismo!" is to develop local tourist industries by upgrading the skills of stakeholders among them boatmen, fishermen and operators in the case of Donsol whose economy partly subsists on tourism from Butanding interaction.
Upon its completion, "Turismo Mismo" is expected to have a positive improvement in Donsol as a result of sustainable tourism practice, Durano said.
Five mobile phones courtesy of Smart Communications, Inc. were also raffled off during the activity.
Before the turn-over ceremonies, Durano inspected the mangrove plantation areas in Bgy. Tinanogan and his party also proceeded to a Butanding interaction, signaling the start of Butanding season in Donsol.
Launched in September 2007, "Turismo Mismo!" extends livelihood opportunities to locals and provides trainings and seminars on entrepreneurship, skills and practices using raw products available in the locality.
It also grants financial assistance to local artisans. Two grantees of GREET, Teresa Bernaser and Allan Amanse, will be turning-over handicrafts produced from their skills upgrading training.
The assistance program is in collaboration with the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC).
Governor Sally A. Lee delivered a message during the turn-over ceremonies. Regional Director Maria O. Ravanilla of the DoT, Provincial Tourism Officer Mary Grace G. Rodrigueza, and other local officials were in attendance. (MAPB Sorsogon/PIA) [top]