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|Naga SMILES is a quarterly magazine of the City Government of Naga, Bikol, Philippines ISSN-2094-9383
This magazine is published by the City Government of Naga thru the City Publications and External Relations Office, with editorial office at 2F RSR Library, City Hall Compound, J. Miranda Avenue, Naga City 4400 Tel +6354 473-4432 | Fax +6354 811-1286 | Email: email@example.com | www.naga.gov.ph
- April 22nd 2013
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National “Freedom Project” Award. Given by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in recognition of the city government’s efforts in mainstreaming migration in local development at Hotel H20 in Luneta last December 4.
TAKING on the call for collaborative partnerships, Mayor John Bongat assured tourism key players and stakeholders in the 11th Bicol Regional Tourism Congress that the
City Government of Naga is adopting the principle of sharing and cooperation in pursuing its tourism program.
Bongat, who leads the Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC) as chairman, mentioned the collaborative efforts being undertaken by the Metro Naga towns on the establishment of various tourism circuits in the 16-member Metro Naga.
The program was organized and is being undertaken with the Local Government Support Program-Local Economic Development (LGSPLED) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The development of tourism circuits is aimed at providing various tourism destinations in the area with access roads and road network linking the clustered tourism sites scattered in the metropolitan area.
Bongat told stakeholders that the same principle is adopted in carrying out different undertakings by the city government not only in the tourism sector.
He said his leadership will be fully supportive in all areas of possible engagements with key tourism players in government and the private sector which are aimed at promoting Metro Naga’s and the region’s tourism sites.
In its continuous effort to promote tourism and encourage more visitors to come to Naga and other cities and municipalities in the Bicol Region, Bongat said the local government has been improving the city’s road networks and undertaking the construction of different infrastructure projects to be able to propel the tourism industry in this part of the country.
Immediately after he assumed office in 2010, Bongat created the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) as a regular office of the city government.
“I believe that by putting up that office, which actually entailed minimal cost, significant development has been achieved in improving our local economy not only in the short term, but also in the long term,” he said.
Bongat said that right now the local government is in the thick of conducting studies to develop certain areas in the city as major tourism areas in partnership with those in the business sector who may be given incentives in return.
Among those considered for possible grant of tax incentives are tourism related establishments in the East Highland zone of the city or the upland barangays at the foot of Mt. Isarog.
“We firmly believe that we cannot do these projects alone, we have to be collaborative to become effective in pursuing projects that will bring in more people to our region and to the City of Naga,” he said.
Bongat also stressed that the city takes pride in all the initiatives that it is undertaking, especially in pushing for effective government-customer relationship, which is the essence of the city’s establishment of ICT-based processes.
Naga City won the “Best in eGov Customer Empowerment Award (City Category)” in the nationwide competition organized by the 1st DILG/NICP eGov Awards (Jesse M. Robredo Award of Excellence in ICT for Good Governance) last November 23, this year, in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Bongat ended his message by saying that by promoting Naga, the city government is also promoting other cities and provinces in the Bicol Region. “After all, tourism should not be selfish, it should be collaborative,” he concluded. (with excerpts from Bicol Mail)