THE Talisay City Government launched a program to empower barangays to preserve and develop heritage and tourist sites in their localities.
Dubbed “Talisay, Our City,” it aims to promote the city’s tourist sites with emphasis on climate change mitigation, partnership with the public and sustainable economic development for host barangays.
In a press conference yesterday, Vice Mayor Alan Bucao said the new tourism campaign will be “more responsive to the needs of the city’s residents.”
“We wanted the Talisaynons, most especially the low-income earner, to become an active partner in making the city more productive by creating a venue and taking initiatives that would enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities,” Bucao told reporters.
City Councilor Doroteo Emit, who chairs the committee on tourism development and local and international affairs, said they will feature the program during the city’s annual fiesta in honor of Sta. Teresa de Avila this month.
Emit said the City will also conduct an inventory of heritage sites in each barangay and will talk to barangay officials on how to develop their own community-based tourism areas.
One of the barangays that will be given priority in the development of community-based tourism areas is Poblacion, which is considered as the city’s heritage center.
Emit said the City plans to appropriate P45 million for the tourism program but they have yet to come up with guidelines on how to distribute the funds.
He also urged barangays to come up with their tourism development plans and to present these to the City.
Emit said they want to turn Talisay into a tourist destination within three years.
Joselito “Boboi” Costas, head of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office, told reporters that Capitol is willing to assist the City develop its tourism sites.