TIEZA asked to allow Ilocos Norte gov't to manage , operate Banua Presidential Rest House and Bagong Lipunan Lodge in Pagudpud town

January 29, 2015 12:44 am 

LAOAG City, Jan. 28 — The provincial government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) is urging the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) to turn over to it the administration, maintenance and operation of the Banua Presidential Rest House and Bagong Lipunan Lodge in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte built during the time of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos.

The two old buildings, located along the national highway and on a slope of the northern Cordillera mountain ranges overlooking the China sea, has been assigned to the Philippine Tourism Authority and the local government unit of Pagudpud on May 31, 1990 but both have never been operated and properly maintained since then, leading to its deterioration.

As the Ilocos Norte government continues to develop and promote various tourism destinations in the province, provincial board member Portia Pamela Salenda, chairperson of the committee on tourism, said the state-owned buildings, if properly maintained and operated, can be a potential tourism revenue-generating project here.

In a draft provincial resolution certified as urgent by the governor on Monday, the measure seeks to encourage concerned authorities of TIEZA to allow the provincial government to manage both buildings and cause for its redevelopment and rehabilitation.

Under the 2015 annual investment program of Ilocos Norte, the provincial government has proposed at least five million pesos (Php 5,000,000) for the improvement of the Pagudpud presidential rest house and eight million pesos (Php 8,000,000) for the redevelopment of the Bagong Lipunan Lodge to be implemented jointly by the local government of Ilocos Norte –Engineering Office and the Department of Tourism.

Like the Malacanang of the North, which is now a performing asset under the management of the provincial government after the PTA turned over its administration to the latter, local officials here hope that the deteriorating government buildings in Pagudpud town will also be turned into income-generating projects which will benefit both the government and its people.

According to Salenda, the provincial government remains committed to develop idle government properties to spur economic development in terms of job creation and livelihood development, particularly to host communities. (PNA)

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