Gov. Defensor mulls making Capitol grounds a tourist destination

June 17, 2015 5:29 am 

ILOILO CITY, June 16 –- Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is planning to make the Capitol grounds a tourist destination.

According to Helen Catalbas, Regional Director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) VI, local and foreign tourists could drop by to visit the structures that are found in the capitol grounds most especially the newly restored old capitol of Iloilo.

“The Casa real de Iloilo or the old capitol is meant to be not only a historical landmark but also a functional building for multi use,” Catalbas said.

President Benigno Aquino III unveiled the marker of the Casa Real de Iloilo last June 11. The following day, it was the venue of the Vin d’Honneur in celebration of the 117th Independence Day.

Catalbas said that there is a lot of developments in Iloilo through the projects that have been established since the administration of Aquino started.

“The projects translate to more accessibility, more jobs and better economic prospects for the city and province of Iloilo and as well as to the whole Western Visayas,” Catalbas added.

He also said that the southern Iloilo has already been a growing tourism highway wherein all towns are tourism-oriented.

However, the DOT-6 has no problem with regard the Executive Order 183 signed by President Aquino making the Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental a One Negros Island.

Catalbas said that they are helping the regional offices especially the DOT in the transition since they will be creating their own regional government offices. (PNA)

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