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An Ordinance Enacting the Tourism Code of Aklan

An Ordinance Enacting the Tourism Code of Aklan

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Republic of the PhilippinesPROVINCE OF AKLANKALIBO, AKLAN
OFFICE OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN
 
EXCERPTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE FIFTEENTH (15
TH
) REGULAR SESSION FOR CY2009 OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN OF AKLAN (for the period 2007-2010) HELDON APRIL 23, 2009 AT THE SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN SESSION HALL, PROVINCIALCAPITOL, KALIBO, AKLAN.
PRESENT:HONORABLE GABRIELLE V. CALIZO . . . Vice Governor, Presiding OfficerHONORABLE NEMESIO P. NERON . . . SP Member-Eastern DistrictHONORABLE DAISY S. BRIONES . . . SP Member-Eastern DistrictHONORABLE PLARIDEL M. MORANIA . . . SP Member-Eastern DistrictHONORABLE RODSON F. MAYOR . . . SP Member-Eastern DistrictHONORABLE JEAN O. RODRIGUEZ . . . SP Member-Eastern DistrictHONORABLE SELWYN C. IBARRETA . . . SP Member-Western DistrictHONORABLE PEDRO M. GARCIA . . . SP Member-Western DistrictHONORABLE JOSE S. YAP . . . SP Member-Western DistrictHONORABLE GERICK M. TEMPLONUEVO . . . SP Member-Western DistrictHONORABLE RAMON S. GELITO . . . SP Member-Western DistrictHONORABLE WILBERT ARIEL I. IGOY . . . SP Member, PCL PresidentHONORABLE JUN REY I. TORDECILLAS . . . SP Member, SK PresidentABSENT:HONORABLE TEODY M. MASANGYA, SR. . . . SP Member, ABC President. . . (On Official Business- Iloilo City)ALSO PRESENT:NONE
GENERAL ORDINANCE NO. 2009-003
AN ORDINANCE ENACTING THE TOURISM CODE OF AKLAN
 
ARTICLE ITHE CODE POLICY AND OPERATING PRINCIPLES
SECTION 1
. Title
- This Ordinance shall be known as the
“Tourism Codeof Aklan”.
 
 
Page 2 of 15 PagesGeneral Ord.. No. 2009-003Sangguniang PanlalawiganKalibo, AklanApril 23, 2009- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
SECTION 2 
. Declaration of Policy
- It is hereby declared the policy of theProvince to pursue the sustainable development of Aklan as a serene touristhaven, and for this purpose:a. Conserve the natural environment including its biodiversity;b. Respect the cultural sensibilities and rights of host communities;c. Safeguard and preserve the integrity of cultural heritage, historical sites andnatural endowments;d. Educate all stakeholders, community and tourists on the principles of responsibleand sustainable tourism;
e. Alleviate poverty by ensuring the “trickle down” effect of tourism benefits to
communities;f. Improve quality of services to be globally competitive;g. Support sustainable tourism development plans;h. Encourage active involvement and participation of communities in tourismdevelopment;i. Ensure that all tourism activities, plans, etc. should reflect the positive Filipinovalues especially the values of
maka-Diyos, makatao, makakalikasan 
(pro-God,pro-people and pro-environment)
 j. Identify, develop and promote existing and potential tourism areas and tourismenterprise zones;k. Institutionalize and advocate a responsible culture of tourism;l. Promote teamwork and cooperation among stakeholders to attain common goalsand objectives for the common good;m. Encourage, promote and link community-based tourism support industries to thetourism mainstream;n. Strengthen and support the capability of local government units in mandatedtourism functions;o. Provide incentives and recognition to private initiatives in the establishment anddevelopment of tourism-related programs, projects, activities/events, andinvestments; and,
 
p. Develop and factor into the tourism industry highly professionalized and trainedhuman resource components through the concerted efforts and cooperation ofboth public and private sectors.
 
 Page 3 of 15 PagesGeneral Ord.. No. 2009-003Sangguniang PanlalawiganKalibo, AklanApril 23, 2009- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
SECTION 3 
. Operating Principles
 
 –
The formulation and implementationof policies, rules, regulations, instructions, and directives on tourism shall be guidedby, and circumscribed within, the following operating principles:
a. As a steward of the province’s environment and n
atural resources, it is ourresponsibility that all development plans should strictly adhere to existingenvironmental laws and ordinances to ensure its sustainability for succeedinggenerations to enjoy;b. Respect for the equality of men and women regardless of sexual orientation;c. Respect for human rights is a cornerstone for sustainable tourism development,particularly individual rights of the most vulnerable groups, notably children, theelderly, the handicapped, ethnic minorities and indigenous people as well;d. Marketing of tourism products and services should be as truthful and honest inall dealings with the traveler;e. Tourism should strive to continually improve products and services to matchspecific target needs;f. Local government units shall take major responsibility in partnership andcooperation with concerned government entities and the private sector for theimprovement, security, administration and management of tourism destinations;g. All sectors concerned specifically the academe should work to enhance theskills and capabilities of local human resources in response to the needs of thetourism industry;h. Local government units shall enjoy autonomy in innovating and implementingtourism programs and activities in their respective areas and shall be entitled tofair and equitable allocation of resources in project implementation support;i. For effective and highly coordinated approach to tourism development andpromotion, all tourism-related endeavors, programs and projects shall bealigned with the thrusts and directions of the Provincial Tourism Master Plan,and that of the Department of Tourism; j. All laws, rules and regulations of national and local government units shall beharmonized and reconciled to give effect to the program thrusts of the tourismindustry; and,k. Adoption of internationally recognized best practices acts relative to ourstewardship of natural resources.

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