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DOT 8 identifies first recipients of P730-K GREET funding under PGMA's CLEEP

Tacloban City (February 16) -- In answer to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis on the Filipinos, the Department of Tourism will soon distribute about P730,000.00

The Department of Tourism will soon distribute about P730,000.00 to the first six beneficiaries of the Grassroots Entrepreneurship in Tourism (GREET) under CLEEP, Director Karina Rosa Tiopes informed.

Director Tiopes said that this is just the initial funding because the CLEEP steward for Region 8, Secretary Gabriel Claudio promised to source for more funding so that more GREET projects will be funded.

Among the first six GREET projects to be funded is the Colorful Wooden Boats for Rent at Barangay Lake Danao in Ormoc City which was proposed by Mr. Joel Piano. The project which calls for construction of wooden boats intended for rent, will be given a P100,000 funding.

Another P100,000 funding will be given to the Surfriders Club of Eastern Samar for the purchase of surfing equipment such as long board leg ropes for their Surfing School at Barangay Bato in Borongan City.

The Barangay Himokilan Tourism Council of Hindang, Leyte, will also be awarded with a P100,000 funding for the construction of 1 unit motorized banca in Himokilan Island. The Tourism Council will develop a mini park and resort with cottages and telescopic viewing deck.

For its Tour Guiding, Food and Beverage, Accommodation Project, the Cambaro Cave Protectors and Farmers Association will be given P100,000. The Project calls for the setting up of tour guiding, accommodation facilities, food and beverage facilities and souvenir shops at Cambaro, Macrohon, Southern Leyte.

For the project BSRP, Panalaron Canteen and Catering Services at Das-ay Riven, Barangay Panalaron, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte which calls for the construction of floating restaurant mounted on bamboo raft for picnics and for catering services, Mr. Francis Cardona will be given P100,000 funding.

Finally, the Basey Tourism Services Association of Basey, Samar, will given P230,000 funding for its Community Based Sustainable Tourism Project which calls for the construction of a floating restaurant going to the Sohoton Cave and Natural Bridge.

The GREET projects will not only change the economic situation of the beneficiaries, they will also improve the tourism industry in the Region and will impact on the mainstreaming of Region 8 to the Central Philippines super region which is envisioned by President Arroyo to become the Tourism Center of the country. (PIA 8) [top]

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