DOT, WV LGUs to form pro-community projects

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The Department of Tourism’s Western Visayas regional office is working together with the region’s local government units to craft their targets for 2019.

DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas urged tourism officers to coordinate with their respective Tourism Development Area managers to ensure the targets are met.

“Projects that will benefit the community, programs that promote inclusive growth and activities that assist in providing investments and livelihood should be the focus of the PPAs this 2019. This year, we will highlight programs that advocate Gender and Development, Youth, Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities,” Catalbas said (

The projects for 2019 include accreditation campaign, crafting of Provincial Tourism Development Plans, development and enhancement of emerging and existing tourism products and conduct of core training programs and modules.

Catalbas also reminded provinces and highly urbanized cities to finalize their respective Provincial/City Tourism Development Plans.

She said “tourism development plans will be a pre-requisite for considering various project proposals including Tourism Road Infrastructure Projects (TRIP).”

During the recently concluded Regional Consultative Workshop for TRIP, Catalbas said a tourism development plan will be one of the requirements for the evaluation of proposed road projects to be implemented starting 2021.

Only those proposed road projects that were not included for funding in 2019 will be evaluated for the 2021-2022 TRIP.