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Antique to seek P50M funding for top 5 tourist draws in province

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SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique — The province of Antique has already identified five tourist destinations for promotion and funding.

Board Member Noel Alamis, chairman of the provincial board committee on tourism, in an interview Wednesday, said he was drafting a resolution identifying the five tourist spots in the province as the flagship destinations and request for fund allocation for the needed development there.

He said the five flagship tourist destinations were the Siraan Hot Spring in Anini-y; Barangay Aningalan in San Remigio considered as the “Little Baguio” of Antique because of its cool climate, cave, strawberry farm, and rafflesia; Kawa Hot Bath in an old, large vat, the local jacuzzi in Barangay Tuno, Tibiao; Mararison Island in Culasi; and the Malumpati Cold Spring at the Bugang River in Pandan, considered as the cleanest river in the country.

“With the recognition of these five tourist spots as flagship destinations, then the efforts of the provincial government could be focused to further develop and promote it,” he said.

He said these five major destinations have also been identified by the provincial tourism office for promotion because these already have
support facilities for visitors such as cottages, home-stays, and restaurants.

“I will be asking also in the resolution an allocation of P10 million fund for each destination to be included in the 2020 Annual Investment Program,” he added.

He said the fund will be utilized based on the engineering works to be submitted as priority development projects by the respective municipal tourism officers.

He intends to have the resolution calendared at the provincial board soon. (PNA)