Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

Baguio-R1 travel corridor to revitalize local tourism launched

BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 23 (PIA) - - The Department of Tourism in partnership with the city government of Baguio and the provincial local governments of Ilocos Region  launched  on Tuesday(Sept. 22) a  travel corridor that aims to re-open the local tourism industry  between and among partner LGUs.


Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat served as the guest of honor and keynote speaker for the launching program  of the “Ridge and Reef Baguio – Region 1 Travel Corridor." She also led the ribbon cutting of the “Ridge and Reef” Mini Travel and Trade Fair and the activation of  the Baguio City’s VISITA (Visitor Information and Travel Application) System.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go led  Baguio City officials  and  other key tourism stakeholders.

Joining  the event were Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph Marcos Manotoc, La Union Gov.  Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III,  Pangasinan Gov.  Amado Espino III,  representative of Ilocos Sur Gov.  Ryan Luis Singson, and DOT Region I Director Joseph Francisco Ortega.

Puyat  outlined  that the country’s tourism is at high note in 2019 setting a record of more than 8 million international tourists and close to 110 million domestic trips  until COVID – 19 set in. This   brought heavy toll to all stakeholders  including local communities and people  whose livelihood is  dependent on the tourism industry.

The Secretary  bared  that they  are working  on  the resumption of international travels but  priorities are set in reviving the local tourism industries. The DOT, she said, is closely and continuously coordinating with local government units, tourism stakeholders and communities for such purpose.

“While the resumption of international travels is  in the DOT plans, our immediate task is to jumpstart the local tourism industries and allow  it to become a major driver of socio - economic growth once more,” Puyat said  adding that  public health and safety will continuously be safeguarded,

Tourism bubble  or  travel corridor  allows citizens of certain province or region to travel safely within designated zones, and is the most  viable method in re – opening tourism in this  time of COVID pandemic, she said.

Puyat   commended  those involved in the  Ridge and Reef Travel Corridor  wherein tourists from Region 1 will be allowed entry in Baguio City and vice versa following  inter-LGU  protocols.

The  city will start receiving visitors on  October 1 through the VISITA online system that can be accessed on The same system will also be set up in  partner LGUs in  Region 1 through the assistance of the Tourism Promotion Board, a DOT attached agency.

Magalong assured that reviving the city’s tourism will be done slowly, surely and safely – mainly focused on balancing the opening of the economy and ensuring the health and safety of the tourists and local folks.

“The goal is crystal clear: to make sure that no one – tourists and residents alike – gets into harm’s way. Ito ang hamon sa ating kakayahan – ang maging ligtas ang sinuman sa panahon ng pagbubukas ng Baguio sa mga darating na bisita”, Magalong stressed. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

By Carlito C. Dar



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