The provincial government hosted the 1st Meeting of Pangasinan Tourism Board that will pave the way for the massive promotion and marketing plans of tourism industry in Pangasinan.
Speaking before the meeting, Chairman on Tourism Committee Charizzma Salud A. Carancho, proposed the holding of Tourism Summit, as contained in the Provincial Resolution No. 38-2008, tentatively on September to discuss issues and concerns about tourism development plans and promotion in the province.
It was noted that a large volume of tourists are only confined in Manaoag Shrine or Hundred Islands in Alaminos because they have no idea yet of the other tourist spots in the province.
In relation to this, Board Member (BM) Carancho also filed Provincial Resolution No. 39-2008 for the establishment or construction of several information centers in the different tourist spots whose main responsibility is to promote and assist local and foreign visitors on the different tourist destinations in the province.
There is also a resolution authored by BM Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario requesting President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to proclaim the municipality of Manaoag as “Special Pilgrimage City” by the Department of Tourism.
Composed of the government and private sector, the Tourism Board is ideally a policy-making body which will set the direction of Pangasinan’s Tourism Industry.
Private sectors have expressed full support to Gov. Amado T. Espino’s thrust to improve the tourism in the province by regularly coordinating with provincial government’s program while performing their own respective roles.
Pangasinan Heritage Society vowed to help in preserving Pangasinan’s heritage zones and literature.
Mrs. Arcinue also commended Gov. Espino for regenerating heritage zones in Pangasinan that started with the refurbishing of the historical Capitol Building.
“We think that heritage landmarks with their stories to tell are the most important in terms of history and can do a lot for tourism. Heritage sites would be more appealing to tourist,” Mrs Arcinue said.
Also present during the meeting were Provincial Administrator Rafael F. Baraan, BM Tyrone Agabas, Pangasinan Councilors League President Raul Sison, Department of Tourism Director Martin S. Valera, Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Director Peter Mangabat, Pangasinan Visitors Bureau President Marion Pozon, Pangasinan Council of Tourism Industries, Inc. President Cynthia Esguerra, Col. Harris Fama with other members of Philippine National Police Lingayen. (PIO/Ninia F. Nicolas)