MEDIA RELEASE January 2012

Philippine resort and spa bag ASEAN Green Hotel Awards Already four years operating as a lodging establishment in Palawan, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort is a 16-room affair owned and managed by brothers Ruben and Clifford Tan and their wives, Maria and Deborah. Little did they know that their advocacy for green tourism as practiced in the resort would pay off when the Department of Tourism (DOT) made its usual search for nominees to the ASEAN Green Hotel and found the resort compliant of the criteria. “We were pleasantly surprised as we only got to know of the awards when we were sent forms to fill and more surprised after being evaluated as compliant. We are firm believers of the green agenda and are happy that we have contributed through our own small way,” the Tans said during the awards at Manado, Indonesia, held to coincide with the 2012 ASEAN Tourism Forum. Meanwhile, Mandala Spa and Resort Villas in Boracay Island in Aklan, born in 2001 as a day spa, evolved into a destination spa, reaping numerous awards as best spa destination and best holistic treatment, among others. managed by Mr. Dieter Scrottmann. DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. shared their pride as he handed the plaques of recognition to Daluyon and Mandala, received by the Tans and DOT Director Ma. Rica Bueno, respectively. “We at the DOT will try to provide the support environment that It is presently owned and

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will attract more green investments.

Through the TIEZA (Tourism Infrastructure

Enterprise Zone Authority), we may be able to extend ample incentives and assist in looking for financing windows to make easy the start-up investments into green technology. We want to contribute significantly to the global effort of greening tourism,” Jimenez said. The ASEAN Green Hotel Awards are held every two years. Its criteria covers

environmental policy and activities, use of green products, collaboration with the communities and local organizations, human resources development, solid waste management, energy efficiency, water efficiency, air quality management, noise pollution control, waste water treatment and management and toxic and chemical substance disposal management.

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ASEAN Green Hotel Awards. (L-R): DOT Director Ma. Rica Bueno receiving the award for Mandala Resort, ASEAN Secretariat Director of Finance, Industry and Infrastructure Somsak Pipoppinyo, DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., and Deborah and Ruben Tan, Director of Marketing and Chairman of Daluyon Resort.

DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., flanked by the Daluyon Resort owners, (L-R), Maria, Ruben, Clifford and Deborah Tan.

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DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., flanked by Daluyon Resort owners. (L-R) Maria, Ruben, Clifford and Deborah Tan.

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