MINDANAO'S tourism sector is working double time to correct the marred image of the region following the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao.

This was bared Wednesday by tour operator Susan Palad, travel agent Wanda Teo, and businesswoman Gene Bangayan at Club 888 forum at Marco Polo Hotel.

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"This should be a concerted effort of all sectors, including the media, to show that Mindanao is not as bad as depicted by some," Palad said.

Geographically, the province of Maguindanao, wherein the gruesome massacre happened, is several hundreds of kilometers away from the urban centers and tourism destinations of Mindanao. The area is only accessible by road that would take several hours from Davao City.

The three ladies have been elected into the Board of Trustees of the Tourism Congress.

The three ladies, aside from representing Davao City, are also representing the whole of Mindanao as they occupy three of the nine seats on the board.

"We have to improve the publicity of Mindanao, and we have to work on it together," Teo said. (CPM)