The Baguio Filipino - Chinese Community and the City Government launches the scheduled events and activities for Spring Festival 2020, an institutionalized celebration in Baguio City which is now on it's 27th year, Highlighting the festivities will be the colorful parade in the afternoon of January 27. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Artistic Baguio. Museum visitors and students looks at the artistic works of the Baguio City National High School Special Program in the Arts students. BCNHS, in partnership with the Baguio Museum, opens Friday (Jan. 17) an Art Exhibit dubbed as “Tales of our City: Retold by the youth that features literary, media, visual arts and crafts produced by the BCNHS - SPA students and for the opening program they also showcased band and rondalla performance. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Spring Fest 2020. The Baguio Filipino - Chinese Community and the City Government launches the scheduled events and activities for Spring Festival 2020, an institutionalized celebration in Baguio City which is now on it's 27th year, The Traditional Chinese Dragon dance will be among the highlights in colorful parade set in the afternoon of January 27. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Baguio young artists. Special Program in the Arts students in a photo opportunity with known Baguio - based artist Tor Alvarez Sagud, the author of the Illustrated guide book,

Galant Police. Baguio City officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go awards citation to Patrolman Julius Walang for his gallantry in apprehending a taxi driver who tried to speed away and almost ramming the police. Similar citation was also awarded to rider Jaazerdallas Bandonil Chommog who assisted Walang in the incident. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera Athletic Meet. Officials from the Department of Education and the City Government of Baguio and other key stakeholders affirms their commitment of support, as they launched the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) 2020 in a Kapihan media Forum at the Baguio City Hall, Wednesday. Around 6,000 student athletes and school officials are expected to join the regional athletic meet setin February 16 to 21. (Carlito Dar//PIA CAR)

Members of the Baguio City National High School Special Program in the Arts showcases the theme song, specifically prepared for the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) that is set to be hosted by Baguio City on February 16 to 21 with over 6,000 student athletes and school officials participating.

Baguio young artists. Special Program in the Arts students in a photo opportunity with known Baguio - based artist Tor Alvarez Sagud, the author of the Illustrated guide book, "Igorotak". BCNHS, in partnership with the Baguio Museum, opens Friday (Jan. 17) an Art Exhibit dubbed as “Tales of our City: Retold by the youth that features literary, media, visual arts and crafts produced by the BCNHS - SPA students and for the opening program they also showcased band and rondalla performance. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

DOT pushes for sustainable and inclusive tourism destinations

BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 27 (PIA) - -  With the Philippines increasingly getting the attention of really serious markets around the world, the country needs to prepare for their arrival by making  destinations really sustainable.

 

DOT Usec Arturo Boncato Jr. with Nerizza Del Fiero of the Tourism Promotions Board, in a open forum with Cordillera tourism stakeholders for clarification on the country's roadmap towards a competitive, inclusive and sustainable tourism industry. (CCD/PIA CAR)



 
Department of Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato Jr., in his keynote message during the Regional Tourism Summit at the Holiday Inn here on December 19,  emphasized that sustainable tourism is at the core of DOT’s development plan.  
 
In  presenting the country’s Tourism Development Plan,  Boncato outlined that the tourism industry in 2018 contributed 12.7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and produced 5.4 million employment opportunities, which comprised 13 percent of the total employment in the Philippines.
 
With the increasing foreign tourist arrivals, Boncato also reported that each tourists spends an average of $120.60 per day and usually stays around the country for an average of nine days.
 
Domestic tourism is also booming with around 111.4 million local tourists recorded in 2018 with total expenditures of around P61 billion.
 
Given the boom in the tourism industry, aside from pushing for a competitive, sustainable and inclusive tourism destinations, Boncato reiterated  the importance of responsible tourism both to industry stakeholders and tourists, foreign and local.
 
Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas talked  about the government initiatives and programs on Sustainable Tourism Infrastructure Development.  Nerizza Del Fiero of the Tourism Promotions Board discussed  sustainable tourism promotions.
 
There are also talks on creative tourism and the creative economy; farm tourism; innovations in the tourism industry, and digital marketing.
 
For Cordillera, DOT – CAR OIC Regional Director Jovy Ganongan affirmed an increasing tourist arrivals, wherein the 2,185,877 arrivals in 2018 was up by 10.97 percent compared to the 2017 figure of 1,969,707 million.
 
Ganongan also shared that with the DOT – DPWH convergence program, an investment of almost P7.8 billion was  already invested to pave a total of 280.76 kilometers of roads leading to tourism destinations.  More related projects are still in the pipeline.
 
With the regional tourism roadmap and the regional slogan of “Find Yourself in the Cordilleras”, Ganongan  called on stakeholders to encourage tourists to find themselves in culture, adventure and nature  so as to make their stories, build memories and enjoy the experience of visiting the region.
 
DOT also awarded plaque of recognition to star – rated establishments in the region led by the Baguio Country Club(5 star) and   The Manor Camp John Hay and Forest Lodge(4 star). (JDP/CC-PIA CAR) 

Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony De Leon (2nd from right) and The Manor Camp John Hay GM Ramon Cabrera (3rd from left) receive their plaque of recognition from DOT USEC Boncato (right) DOT - CAR OIC RD Jovy Ganongan (left) with Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong. Baguio Country Club was recognized for being a Five Star Resort and the Manor for being a Four star resort, while Cabrera also received the Forest Lodge plaque for being a 4 - star resort. (CCD/PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar

 

Baguio

  • Phase 2 of Baguio-Benguet college sports league resumes

    BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) will resume its second phase of games after the city’s hosting of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) meet that ends on February 21.

  • Filipino – Chinese community, Baguio LGU launch Spring Fest 2020

    BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) - - Strong community ties and partnership  is  showcased again by the Filipino – Chinese community and the City Government of Baguio  as they launched the Lunar or Spring Festival 2020 at the regular flag raising ceremony at the City Hall grounds Monday morning.

  • CHSO reminds parents on importance of child vaccination

    BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 16 (PIA) - - The City Health Services Office( CHSO) stressed the importance  of child vaccination  and  reminded  parents to check the vaccination records of their  children to assure  their  protection from vaccine preventable diseases.

  • UC, Cauayan HS win Cordillera, Region 2 NBTC plums

    BAGUIO CITY – The University of the Cordilleras (UC) survived on Friday a gritty University of Baguio High School (UBHS) then went on to stop Tabuk City, 78-62, to win the National Basketball Training Camp (NBTC) regional finals for Cordillera and Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) at the UB gym.

  • TIEZA funds rehabilitation of Burnham Park, Banaue Hotel

    BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 7 (PIA) -- The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority(TIEZA)   is  set  to  fund  the rehabilitation works at the  Burnham Park here and the Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel in Ifugao  in line with its mandate to ensure sustainable tourism infrastructure development.

Benguet

  • Cordillera cops urged to have sense of right and wrong

    CAMP DANGWA, LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Police in the Cordillera Administrative Region are reminded to get in the habit of doing good deeds daily, an integral part of the Philippine National Police's internal cleansing program.

  • CAR farmers appeal to Mayor Isko on Divisoria closure this weekend

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 15(PIA) -- Vegetable farmers and traders from the Cordillera region are appealing to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso to allow them to deliver and sell their produce amidst the planned three-day closure of the roads going to the Divisioria Market this weekend.

  • La Trinidad flood study underway

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 16 (PIA) - - The local government is undertaking an evaluation  of  the flood situation of this  capital town as an initial step for a full-blown study that would address the perennial flooding problem in the valley.

  • Mayor Isko allows highland vegies in Divisoria during Sto Nino feast

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 17(PIA) -- Cordillera farmers may be allowed to deliver and sell their produce at the Divisoria Market during the Feast of the Santo Niño de Tondo this weekend.

  • Kibungan LGU crafts FOI measure

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Jan. 8 (PIA)  - - The local government of Kibungan crafted its Freedom of Information (FOI) measure in recognition of the importance of people’s right to government information.

Mt. Province

  • Healthiest places in Mt. Province recognized

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- The provincial government recently recognized winners of the 2019 Provincial Search for the Healthiest Places.

  • 11 CTGs surrender in Mountain Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 17(PIA) -- At least 11 members of the communist terrorist group(CTG)  who surrendered to government forces were presented on Wednesday(Jan. 15 ) at the Camp Montes here.

  • Poblacion Bontoc is outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 10(PIA) – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the provincial government extol the lupong tagapamayapa in their crucial role in conflict resolution in the barangays as they awarded recently the barangay justice committee of Poblacion of this capital town as the outstanding   in the province.

  • Solar-powered rice insect trap leads winners in RICE 2019

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 22 (PIA) - - A solar-powered light trap for rice insect created by three students from Camalog National High School of Pinukpuk, Kalinga wins the SIBOL Award – Student Creative Research for High School category of the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) held  on November 19 – 20 here.

  • DOST brings Reg’l S&T roadshow to the people of Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - In line with its  goal of bringing science for the people, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST),  holds the annual Regional S&T Week here that generally aims to promote science, technology and innovation as a driver of development especially in the countryside.

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