DILG-LGU alliances strengthened to combat economic slump
by PS Mabaquiao
San Jose, Antique (25 February) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government in its effort to help local government units cope with the looming effect of global economic slump, facilitated workshops to strengthen alliances among LGUs.
Rosario F. Maza, Provincial Director said one of the agenda that could enhanced alliances not only among LGUs but also other sectors in the community is the enhancement of tourism development program where Antique has a lot of potential in terms of culture and eco-tourism.
In partnership with the Provincial Government of Antique through the Provincial Tourism Office, DILG has accessed funds from the Local Academy of the Philippines (LGA) under the program Panibagong Paraan Para sa Pagpapalakas Panglokal na Pamahalaan, (an innovative grant competition among DILG provincial offices) for series of activities to enhance alliances among local government units explained Raymund Palanog, Local Government Operations Officer V.
Early this year, a multi-sectoral group composed of non-government organizations, cooperatives, government agencies and local government units underwent a workshop dubbed as " NGOs-GOs Synergy in Culture and Arts for Sustainable Development" where issues and concerns including programs on culture and eco-tourism as an instrument of change and a way to development were discussed.
Florentino Egida, Provincial Tourism Officer said that harmonizing tourism programs in the different municipalities will also showcase the best tourist destinations in the province and support the national thrust of making Central Visayas a tourist hub.
In addition, DILG and the Provincial Tourism Office recently conducted a 6-day workshop to come up with Tourism Master Plan for Municipalities and prepare tour packages linked with cluster of towns and tourist destinations in the province.
Tourism, Culture and Arts is one of the priority agenda of Governor Salvacion Z. Perez as stated in her State of the Province Address.
Tourism is a very complex industry encompassing a wide range of economic activities in every tourist destination in the country, and involves a substantial amount of investments-a reason why it is recognized as a major contributor to the generation of foreign exchange earnings, investments and revenues and to the total growth of the economy's output. It also creates human resource-intensive jobs, PIA dispatch stated. (PIA) [top]