More DOT-accredited accommodations in Sox pushed

September 9, 2015 5:17 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Sept. 7 (PNA) — The local government units in Soccskargen, or simply Sox, have set a target of getting more accommodations within the region that are accredited under the Department of Tourism (DOT).

DOT-XII regional director Nelly Dillera told reporters in an interview that the agency planned to have 90 of its 400 to 600 accommodations DOT-accredited.

“The target for 2015 is to have 90 DOT-accredited accommodations,” Dillera said, noting that the number could exceed its projection.

At present, Dillera said that none of the accommodations in Sox were classified under the five-star rank. However, she said that the region was currently developing its existing homestay arrangements.

Homestay is an arrangement that provides accommodation for tourists in the home of a family.

Dillera said that in Sox, tourists could even opt to stay in traditional T’boli houses in South Cotabato to get the ultimate experience of life as a member of the T’boli tribe.

She said that while the region was known for being home of the most carefully preserved indigenous culture in the country, it had also situated itself as a major adventure destination as well.

One of the flagship tourism destinations in Sox is South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu, a natural lake recognized for being one of the prime eco-tourism destinations in the region.

One of the popular adventure destinations in the region is South Cotabato’s world-famous Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline, the highest zipline in Southeast Asia. (PNA)

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