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The Franciscan Youths (YOUFRA) of Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor: Feeling triumphant after giving their share to the community. Tree planting and clean up activities are one of the regular activities of these youth to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change following their weekly formation at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor. (pia-siquijor/Rizalie Anding Calibo)
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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

'Suroy-suroy' program boosts Cebu's tourism economy in 2011

CEBU CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) -- Cebu’s tourism economy rose 13 percent higher in 2011 compared to 2010, the National Statistical Coordinating Board (NSCB) reported.

Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale attributed this positive development to the intensified efforts of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s “Suroy- Suroy sa Sugbo.”

“Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo” is a program of the Cebu Provincial Government, where foreign and domestic tourists are treated to the various local tourism and heritage sites, as well as the unique culture of the Cebuanos by visiting the towns and cities of the province.

Tourists are joined by the governor herself to personally conduct the tour and show off the various tourist destinations to the group of visitors.

The same NSCB report stated that 75 percent of the tourists’ pocket money was really spent in Cebu during their vacation stay in the various tourist destinations of the province.

Magpale said the program has tremendously contributed in uplifting the economic status of the province due to the increasing volume of tourists that also boosted the income of Cebu. (FCR/AS/PIA-Cebu)

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