Declaration of the Province of Misamis Oriental as a tourism zone sought
A lawmaker has filed a bill that seeks to declare the Province of Misamis Oriental atourism zone.Rep. Juliette Uy (2
District, Misamis Oriental) filed House Bill 1464, mandatingthe Department of Tourism (DOT) to accord priority development to the province bydeclaring it a tourism zone.The bill is in consonance with the policy of the State to promote a tourism industrythat is economically viable, ecologically sustainable, participative, culturally sensitive,and equitable for local communities.“It is our shared responsibility to promote and develop tourism as a major socio-economic activity to generate income, to create employment and livelihood opportunities,and to spread the benefits of tourism nationally and locally,” Uy said.Uy said the province of Misamis Oriental offers various tourism potentials forseasoned travellers aside from fine white sand beaches ideal for swimming, snorkellingand scuba diving.“With its many nature parks, coastal areas and a multicultural population, it is themost convenient starting point towards the many attractions that the Northern MindanaoRegion has to offer,” Uy stressed.According to the neophyte solon, Misamis Oriental is also home to several springsand falls that offer serenity and pristine beauty of Mother Nature where one can still hearthe sound of chirping birds amongst the wild flowers and forested trees that surroundthem.Uy said her province likewise boasts of caves which capture the interest ofspelunkers because of their rare beauty, anthropologists and tourists due to each amazingformations and the value that they represent.Uy added that Misamis Oriental is replete with historical/cultural attractions such asthe century old church in Jasaan; the Vega ancestral home in Balingasag; Lagbas ancestralhome in Sugbobgcogon; Al Sulawan Point in Laguindingan and the old municipalbuilding in Initao which should all be classified as official tourist sites.“With all of these that the province has to offer, there is a need for a specificcoherent policy that shall guide the formulation of sound tourism plans and codes at thelocal level,” Uy said.
NR # 3251OCT. 09, 2013