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Legarda leads groundbreaking of tourism, trade center in Aklan

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Senator Loren Legarda on Tuesday led the groundbreaking of the Aklan Tourism and Trade Investment and Promotions Center at the Aklan Provincial Capitol in Kalibo.

“Through this Trade and Tourism Center, the local government can promote sustainable eco-tourism tours, cultural and historical tours, and provide more livelihood opportunities especially in rural communities,” said Legarda who allotted the funds for the said project.

She said that programs of the center should be implemented together with the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Law, the Barangay Kabuhayan Act and the Tropical Fabric Law.

“MSMEs are powerful platforms for promotion of viable rural livelihoods, cultural preservation, socio-economic empowerment of indigenous communities, and environmental protection,” the politiko said.

According to her, the Aklan province and her home province of Antique can collaborate in the promotion of programs for eco-tourism and historical tours and MSME development.

“Aklan, Antique and the whole Panay island are filled with cultural treasures. Weaving, eco-tourism and cultural tourism are industries fit for MSMEs promotion. There should be parallel efforts to support MSMEs through the implementation of the MSME Law and promote the cultural heritage and natural wonders of our region,” Legarda said.