LGUs encouraged to create comprehensive tourism program
San Jose, Antique (26 February) -- In line with the key program of the provincial government to attain a more holistic and sustainable use of Antique's environment and tourism potential, all government units are encouraged to create a comprehensive tourism program.
Thus participants from different municipalities gathered for a two-day planning workshop to craft a tourism development program with strategic directions geared towards the government thrust making Central Philippines a tourist destination.
Identified as Antique's tourism program and potential are: Unspoiled Environment – depicts Antique's well-conserved resources; Equitable sharing of benefits – refers to judicious sharing of gains and benefits derived from tourism projects by the community and the investors.
Strong Physical and Policy Support System includes facilities and infrastructure build up to boost tourist destinations coupled with environmentally sustainable policy and legislations. Dynamic multi-sectoral collaboration take into account stakeholders active involvement in Antique's tourism program.
Another important strategy is Excellent Tourism Services and products which include Antique's best destination/resorts (beach/mountains), products/pasalubong (buri and bamboo craft, patadyong, muscovado and food products) and other services.
The Arroyo administration's Medium Term Development Plan (2004-2010) stated that the tourism sector's primary importance in poverty alleviation lies in its potential to generate millions of jobs for various groups of people.
The President earlier said that tourism is the best source of employment, from the most skilled to the least skilled there is an employment opportunity.
A PIA news stated that 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 country's output. It also creates human resource-intensive jobs.
Florentino Egida, Provincial Tourism Officer urged local government units (barangay/municipality) to create comprehensive tourism program in line with the key programs of the provincial government to attain a more holistic and sustainable use of Antique's environment and tourism potential. (PIA) [top]