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PIA Press Release
2009/03/05

Region 8 has 6 new eco-tourism entrepreneurs; "Turismo Mismo" meets DOT GREET grantees

Tacloban City (March 5) -- In the very near future, Region 8 will have six new young entrepreneurs in the eco-tourism sector.

This, as the Turismo Mismo team from the Department of Tourism and GREET Secretariat, the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation were in Region 8 on February 25, 2009 in order to meet with and assess the capabilities of the first six grantees of the Grassroots Entrepreneurship for Eco-Tourism (GREET) program, prior to grant release.

Department of Tourism Region 8 Director Karina Rosa Tiopes informed that 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 release in trances about P730,000.00 to the first six beneficiaries of the Grassroots Entrepreneurship in Tourism (GREET) in Region 8.

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

The Turismo Mismo team proceeded to Macrohon, Southern Leyte on February 25 in order to meet with three GREET grantees namely, the Himokilan Tourism Council of Hindang, Leyte; the Cambaro Cave Protectors and Farmers Association of Cambaro, Macrohon, Southern Leyte; and Mr. Francis Cardona of Barangay Panalaron, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte.

The Himokilan Tourism Council of the island barangay of Himokilan in Hindang, Leyte, will 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.

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

Meanwhile, Mr. Francis Cardona will be granted P100,000 funding 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.

The following day, the Team proceeded to Ormoc City to meet Mr. Joel Piano, another GREET grantee, whose Colorful Wooden Boats for Rent at Barangay Lake Danao in Ormoc City which calls for construction of wooden boats intended for rent, will be given a P100,000 funding.

At Basey, Samar, the Turismo Mismo team met with the two other grantees, the Surfriders Club of Eastern Samar of Borongan; and the Basey Tourism Services Association of Basey, Samar.

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

Priority will be given to the Basey Tourism Services Association which will already receive mobilization fund this week or next week, because it has already undergone several training for product development and livelihood, Director Tiopes said.

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 purpose of the Turismo Mismo team visit is to assess the skills of the beneficiaries so that the right training will be given them, Director Tiopes said. It is important that the grantees be given training on Tourism Appreciation; Culture of Tourism; Culture of Excellence and entrepreneurship skills in order to ensure the sustainability of the projects, Director Tiopes added. (PIA 8) [top]

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