Kibungan bats for Tourism Code

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A tourism code for this highland town has been prepared.

Kibungan town has crafted its Tourism Code and is batting for it approval in the Provincial Board aiming to put into place the blueprint for tourism.

Councilor Lovio Nabe authored the code which follows the Tourism Act of 2009 declaring a policy for the tourism industry as an engine of investment, employment and growth.

Nabe said the same law calls for Local Government Units to ensure the preparation and maintenance of all tourism development plan and the enforcement of standards and the collection of statistical data for tourism purposes.

The code will see the enactment of rules and regulations to govern the efficient and effective operation and maintenance of all tourism oriented and related establishments and activities is necessary for the preservation and protection of the environment while maximizing the tourism potential of the municipality.

“Tourism is eyed as a potential industry in the municipality due to its beautiful rocky mountains, rivers, caves, unique traditional rice fields, its culture, and its people,” Nabe said.

The Kibungan tourism code is eyed to govern and regulate tourism development and promotion programs within the municipality including licensing, registration, regulation and supervision of the operations of tourism oriented establishments.

Nabe said the ordinance when approved will apply to all private and government owned or controlled entities such as restaurants, hotels, lodging facilities, tourist guides, transport groups, tour agencies swimming polls and organizations that are tourism oriented.

Residents of the municipality are seen to increase their income since only legitimate residents will qualify as local tour guides when tourism sites are identified.

Craft trekking, camping, and spelunking activities are only some of the activities potential tourists may enjoy.

Stockholders will provide the municipality a quarterly report of the number of registered tourist in their establishments and the number of registered participants in group tours for purposes of monitoring the number of local and foreign tourist arrival. This will then be submitted to the Provincial Tourism and Department of Tourism-Cordillera.

The ordinance was taken up during last week’s regular Provincial Board session and is awaiting final review.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 12, 2014.

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