DOT chief cites benefits of RA 9593
by Robert E. Roperos
Gen. Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte (21 October) -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Joseph Ace H. Durano cited benefits of Republic Act 9593, otherwise known as the "National Tourism Policy Act of 2009."
During the press conference held today, Wednesday (October 21) at Cabuntog Resort here, Sec. Durano emphasized the importance of the newly-created law where he said, is "a big help in promoting the tourism industry of the country".
According to Sec. Durano, the law addresses DOT's various strategies in its campaign to make the country a genuine tourists' destination.
The National Tourism Policy Act of 2009 was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on May 12, 2009 during the culmination of the two-day One Visayas Summit on Climate Change inside the Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort Hotel and Spa in Cebu.
The law declares a national policy for tourism as an engine of investment, employment, growth and national development. The law also gives a boost to the country's tourism industry, strengthening DOT and its attached agencies to effectively and efficiently implement tourism policies.
It is also expected that the tourism act will gear the DOT with the necessary tools needed to turn the Philippines into a world-class tourist's destination.
"RA 9593 gears the DOT with powerful "jet engines" that would allow it to ‘fly' closer to its goals," Sec. Durano said.
Sec. Durano is the guest of honor and keynote speaker during the Opening Ceremonies of the 15th Siargao International Surfing Competition dubbed as "Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational" held this morning at Brgy. Catangnan, Gen. Luna, Siargao Island, this province.
Highlighting the ceremonies is the ceremonial breaking of surfboard by Sec. Durano, assisted by provincial and municipal officials led by Surigao del Norte Gov. Robert Ace S. Barbers and Gen. Luna Mayor Felipe Espejon.
The 15th Siargao International Surfing Competition will culminate on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 with a fashion show featuring this year's Miss Earth candidates highlighting the awarding ceremony. A cash prize of US $20,000 is at stake for this year's champion.
It can be recalled that a local surfer from Gen. Luna, Siargao island won the championship plum last year, followed closely by a surfer/tube rider from Australia, who also won the championship prize in 2007. (PIA-13) [top]