36 vie for tourism innovation challenge fund-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A TOTAL of 36 project proposals vying for the P3-million tourism innovation challenge fund were reviewed Wednesday by a screening committee to determine the viability.
Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC) chairman and Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the fund is a grant from the Government of Canada and implemented in MIGEDC by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to promote tourism in Iloilo City, Guimaras and the towns of Oton, San Miguel, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, and Leganes.
He said the tourism sector stakeholders, Metro Iloilo and the barangays must work together to enhance and improve the tourism industry in the areas under the MIGEDC.
The project proposals of the micro, small and medium enterprises will vie for a maximum of P300,000 funding without interest. After approval by the Canadian government and DILG, they will have to start the project by September 23. The project duration will be one year.
A business pitching session and gallery viewing by project applicants was held August 28. The activity covered presentation of destination brand for Metro Iloilo and Guimaras tourism.
Present during the presentation were first secretary Genevieve Asselin of the Embassy of Canada, DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero, DILG Director Anna Bonagua of the Bureau of Local Government Development, DILG Regional Director Evelyn Trompeta, and LGSP-LED Philippine program director Francis Gentoral. (LCP)