Negros Occidental chosen pilot site for testing tourism guidebook

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


THE province of Negros Occidental has been chosen by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as the pilot site for testing a guidebook on local tourism and development planning of local government units (LGUs).

Provincial tourism officer Cristine Mansinares said the guidebook is aimed at enhancing the capabilities of LGUs in monitoring and administering tourism activities, and enforce tourism laws rules and regulations in their respective jurisdictions.

It also aims to give the LGUs the necessary tools in the formulation of their local tourism development plans, she said.

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A three-day workshop on the Development of Tourism Guidebook for LGUs, from April 23 to 25, is being conducted at O’Hotel in Bacolod by the DOT and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED).

Workshop consultants include Lilibeth Coronado, DAP supervising fellow for Development of Tourism Guidebooks for LGUs project, DAP consultants Arch. Maria Lisa Santos, Dr. Donna Paz Reyes, Dr. Julie Catherine Paran, and Rodrigo Millares Jr.; Madel Go of DILG, Francis Gentoral of DILG and LGSP-LED, DOT project officer Ma. Elenita Pajarillo, and Reda Astronomia of DOT-Region 6.

Participants include the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental represented by the Negros Occidental Tourism Center (NOTC) and Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO); and 18 of the 32 LGUs in Negros Occidental which were selected to be part of the pilot testing activity.

Each LGU is represented by its tourism officer and its planning officer in the workshop, Mansinares added.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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