Eastern Samar officials told to offer tourism wonders

April 29, 2015 4:52 am 

By Jazmin Bonifacio

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, April 28 (PNA) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) asked local officials in this province to bank on its natural and human resources to uplift the local economy.

Eastern Samar, one the poorest province in the country, offers a wide array of beautiful scenic spots, exotic resorts, mountains, caves and other natural wonders that awaits promotion and sustainable development.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Karina Rosa S. Tiopes strongly suggested that the province should tap opportunities offered by the central government that declares “a national policy for tourism as an engine of investment, employment, growth and national development.”

The DOT lead the establishment of a tourism infrastructure program and coordinate with other agencies to identify vital access roads, airports, seaports and other infrastructure requirement in identified tourism areas, and Eastern Samar can propose to be included among the priority areas.

Tiopes said they will prioritize support for domestic tourism and promote rural tourism through “Bed and Breakfast”packages in clean, countryside homes with flowing water and sanitary comfort rooms, and without flies and mosquitoes.

Guests can be served clean, home-cooked native meals with very reasonable prices. This way, the multiplier effect of tourism can be felt by the community market, motorcycle drivers, community store operators and the rest of the neighborhood.

“For this program to succeed, we have to prepare all the stakeholders with capacity building workshops to develop a tourism-friendly community,” Tiopes said

“Operators and drivers who will ferry tourist to their respective destinations should be trained. They are the local government’s ambassadors of goodwill. A fresh-smelling comfort rooms at the highway and even gasoline stations should be open and offer to travellers,” she explained.

Local food processors should be properly supervised by the government educators on food preparation, packaging and handling, according to the official.

”Public plaza and streets must be garbage-free. Roads must not be made as an extension of public markets and sidewalk vendors. Street lights should be functional and police are visible in strategic areas,” Tiopes added.

She urged village councils to start tourism in the community through clean and green program, community vegetable and herbal gardening and beautification drives.

People in Eastern Samar should be hot about tourism. Everything in the province should be hot-hot food, hot welcome and hot farewell.

“Everyone should consider the culture of tourism as the foundation of life,” the official added.

To date, Eastern Samar is already in the limelight of tourism industry in the Philippines as it boosts historical sites, dive sites, surfing haven, crystal clear waters, among others.(PNA)

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