A resolution requesting the Bacolod City Tourism Office, through officer-in-charge, Ma. Elma Gerasmo, to adopt and promote the “Bring Home a Friend” program of the Department of Tourism, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod recently.
The resolution, authored by Councilor Em Ang, said tourism is considered as a leading industry in the service sector globally, and it is viewed as a new wave of economic opportunities acting as a major job-generating sector.
The Department of Tourism recently launched the new "Bring Home A Friend” program that is timed with the onset of the traditionally long Christmas season, it said.
The BHAF program is a referral incentive program that aims to tap the network of Filipinos living abroad to invite their foreign friends to visit the Philippines, in order to close the year strongly for the tourism industry in terms of visitor arrivals, and carry the momentum into the coming year, the resolution said.
Based on the 2015 report of the Department of Foreign Affairs, there are 9.1 million overseas Filipinos. More than three million reside in the United States of America, while more than two million are based in the Middle East, it said.
The resolution said Bacolod City, as an emerging tourist destination in the country, needs to adopt and promote the BHAF program in order to boost visitor arrivals, and generate jobs and income for the city.
The SP also approved another resolution of Ang congratulating four Bacoleños for their exemplary achievement of passing the November 2017 Chemical Engineer Licensure Examination as topnotchers, and bringing honor to the City of Bacolod.
It is noteworthy that the result of the November 2017 Chemical Engineer Licensure Examination produced four topnotchers, all from Bacolod City, namely John Cyril Claur, top 1, and Jermaine Lamboso, top 9, both from the University of Saint La Salle–Bacolod, and Wilmark Palacios, top 2, and Jarjolen Jamora, top 5, both from Colegio de San Agustin–Bacolod, the resolution said.
Claur, Palacios, Jamora, and Lamboso serve as role models to other students in Bacolod, inspiring them to strive harder in their studies and passing the required licensure examination after graduation, it said.
The SP also approved a resolution congratulating Paulyne Kate Sacdalan Genson of Bacolod City for her exemplary achievement in topping the November 2017 Interior Design Board Examination.
Genson is a University of the Philippines Diliman graduate and an alumna of St. Scholastica Academy-Bacolod.*CGS
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