Gov't, private sector partnership key to Iloilo City progress
Iloilo City (25 January) -- Mayor Jerry P. Trenas stressed that the partnership and cooperation forged by the city government with the private sector has yielded positive results for the progress of this Western Visayas regional center.
An example of this good outcome is the success achieved by the city’s Dinagyang Festival in honor of the Sr. Sto. Nino, which has entered the Hall of Fame as the best tourism event in the country after winning the title for three consecutive years from 2006 to 2009.
The evaluation of tourism-oriented festivals and events in the country is done annually by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP).
Speaking at the opening of the Ati-Ati tribe competition of the festival Sunday, January 24, Trenas also said that the government and private sector working hand in hand for a common purpose can achieve greater heights of excellence not only in tourism but also in our common vision for Iloilo City to be a premier city by 2015.
Addressing the thousands of Ilonggos and visitors who flocked to this city to witness the festival, Trenas pointed out that it is important that we continue the government-private sector partnership and cooperation.
He added that Dinagyang is a celebration of life in honor of the Sr. Sto. Nino who has been a unifying factor for all sectors to join together and come up with a bigger and better festival every year.
The festival is also in line with the government tourism program especially in the Central Philippines Super Region, which has been designated by President Arroyo as the country’s tourism belt.
Surprised by the huge turnout of people, city tourism officer Ben Jimena said he has not seen such a number of spectators and revelers in the festival.
Guests from Australia, 2009 Ginoo Pilipinas-AustraliaRavi Bandekar and BinibiniPilipinas-Australia Megan McKee said after witnessing the festival from the Iloilo Freedom Gradstand that Dinagyang was amazing and wonderful. (PIA 6) [top]