NTA boosts ties for CDTD goals
COTABATO CITY (November 30) – Community-driven tourism development is gaining ground in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with stronger ties under the National Tourism Agenda, officials said.
ARMM Tourism Secretary Marites K. Maguindra, CE, said collaborative partnership in community-driven tourism extends to the level of local government units, through the provincial and city/municipal tourism councils, as well as private tourism stakeholders and entities.
Engr. Mlang Madal, Asst. Regional Director of the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) said this was best illustrated in the Tourism Stakeholders Focus Group Discussion and Consultation hosted November 28, 2013 by the Department of Tourism-ARMM at Estosan Garden Hotel, Cotabato City.
Asst. Director Madal and his technical staff-members were invited to help facilitate the stakeholders’ discussion on the state of tourism industry in the ARMM, and considering the stakeholders’ roles in the promotion and development of tourism.
DOT-ARMM also launched the Electronic-Tourism Accreditation Promotion and Packaging Services (ETAPPS); the first Package Tour of Maguindanao Province; the Turismo at Kabuhayan: Ihahataw sa ARMM and the organizing of the Regional Tourism Council.
Presentation of tourism development and opportunities by the ARMM provincial/city tourism councils asserts that ARMM is at par with other regions in terms of tourism potentials.
The first ARMM Regional Tourism Council has been organized composed of Provincial Tourism Councils of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan.
Assistant Regional Tourism Secretary Bai Shalimar Candao acknowledged that major stakeholders affirming support to tourism development include such sectors as transport, producers, communication, hotel and beach operators, tourism councils, as well as the uniformed services, the PNP, AFP, and the LGUs of the mainland and island component provinces of the ARMM. Bound by the interagency collaboration under the ARMM-HELPS concept, regional line agencies greatly contributed to the success of the activity.