BAGUIO CITY, Mar. 2(PIA) - - The Department of Tourism –Cordillera (DOT- CAR) found an ally in its tourism development projects in the Inspirational Women of Cordilleras (IWOC), a group of spouses of elected local officials in the region.
DOT-CAR Regional Director Venus Tan disclosed that they thought of tapping the wives of elected officials in their REV – BLOOM program because these women have strong personalities and are influential but they keep a low profile.
The national government is anchoring its programs on gender and development particularly encouraging women empowerment. DOT believes that having empowered women like these wives of local officials to look up to will provide more inspiration to the people, Tan said.
REV – BLOOM program aims to rehabilitate and redevelop the tourism image of Baguio City and other destinations in Cordillera. One popular project is the STOBOSA Hillside Homes Artwork at Km. 3, La Trinidad, Benguet.
DOT already hosted a forum for the IWOC last January 31 and is already involving some of the in its tourism advocacies.
Last February 25, DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation, Coordination and Resource Generation Alma Rita Jimenez administered the oath of office of IWOC officers at the Baguio Country Club.
The IWOC officers are Soledad Go, wife of Baguio City Congressman Mark Go’s as president; Jane Pacalso, wife of Benguet Governor Crescencio Pacalso – Vice President; Joana Rivera- wife of Tuba Benguet Mayor Ignacio Rivera–Secretary; and Ana Lua Tubban, wife of Tabuk City, Kalinga Mayor Ferdinand Tubban - Treasurer.
Jimenez stressed that by working together they can provide more livelihood opportunities and women empowerment in the region. (JDP/CCD/W.Hortizuela – PIA CAR/UC Intern)