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“Sometimes, you may have everything in the world, but you become
complacent of what you have, and at the end you don’t realize you have
squandered everything”. This
is the provocative remark of Mr. Mario Villanueva, Marikina City Tourism Officer
and concurrently NCR President of Tourism Officer and Vice-President of
Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP), upon initial
assessment of the potential tourist attractions of the Municipality of Bulusan
during his visit as resource speaker of Orientation/Lecture on Barangay Tourism
Council on December 22, 2003 at the Bulusan Cultural & Sports Center.
Mr. Mario Villanueva, the architect behind the economic boom of Marikina
City, arrived in Bulusan on December 21, 2003 and in the afternoon took a side
trip to the tourist destinations for his initial inventory to get acquainted
with the physical, natural, and demographic aspects of the municipality.
The Marikina experience via development of barangay tourism is a paradigm
shift to spur economic activity at the community level.
It requires first of all an understanding of what we have in the barangay
and in the municipality as a whole. According
to Mr. Villanueva, barangay tourism council is community-based program to help
fight poverty. Because it is an
organization duly recognized by the municipal tourism office with a common bond
of interest; that have voluntarily joined together with a common goal/objective
and to achieve a lawful common tourism interest and with economic value at the
end. It is in this rational concept
that successful tourism can only happen with a people who takes pride and with
accountable commitment in their own destination’s history, nature, culture and
traditions, he added.
This one-day activity is part of the initiatives of the CORE GROUP of
Municipal Tourism Council (MTC) created by virtue of Executive Order No. 24
executed by Mayor Juan G. Guysayko on the urgent need to carry out the effective
and efficient implementation of the signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the
management particularly of the Lake Area of the Bulusan Volcano National Park (BVNP)
last October 10, 2003. The CORE
GROUP is being tasked to facilitate organizational planning and
operationalization of the Terms of Reference (TOR) stipulated in the MOA under
Article II. B, as per approved Bulusan Lake Management Plan.
They are composed of combined personnel from the LGU and accredited NGO,
San Roque Life Bringers Foundation, Inc. namely: Mr. Albino E. Españo, Mr.
Roswell H. Ramos, Mr. Ramon G. Belleza, Ms. Luz Z. Gamba, Mr. Zosimo E. Gamba,
and Mr. Antonio Fumera. The group also conducted a series of meetings/interviews to
the persons with relevant expertise in the field of tourism in order for them to
gain and acquire more knowledge, which could be reflected in Bulusan.
Vol. XV No.10 (November - December 2003)
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