The Sagay City Tourism Code is up for third reading tomorrow and gaining more support from tourism stakeholders in the city, an official said yesterday.
Jose Frange, chairman of the Sagay Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism and Environment, said the SP has already passed the proposed ordinance on second reading last week and he is hopeful it will pass the third and final reading tomorrow.
In an interview during the Sagay Young Tourism Volunteers workshop yesterday at the local government-run hotel, Balay Kauswagan in Sagay, Frange said this is a dream come true for the city to have its own tourism code to strengthen its drive for tourism and environment protection.
“The response during the second reading was positive and it only underwent several revisions. Tourism stakeholders were also optimistic over the proposed ordinance,” he said.
The public hearing was attended by civil society organizations, restaurant operators, accommodation sectors, and other active groups in Sagay City, Frange added.
The proposed ordinance, authored by Frange, was drafted last year and was only discussed in the SP for passage this quarter.
“This proposed tourism code will establish regulations on right practices on tourism and proper accreditation of tourist service providers in the city,” he said, adding that it will provide specifications on the accreditation processes of service providers and on the safety standards that should be upheld for visiting tourists.
It will also give order and assurance to the tourists that they will be safe and comfortable during their stay, Frange said.
The proposed tourism code will also provide specific penalties for tourism and environmental violations that may take place in the tourist sites of Sagay, he said.
Meanwhile, high school students from Sagay City participated in the Sagay Tourism Volunteers workshop yesterday where Frange delivered a speech.
The workshop, that has been running for eight years, will equip the students’ with knowledge and skills in promoting Sagay City through social media and video blogging (vlogging), especially because this month, the city will celebrate the annual Sinigayan Festival, City Tourism and Information officer Helen Cutillar said.
This year’s festival theme is “Saving Mother Nature... for us and for the future generation”. Festival highlights will be on March 15 to 19.*MLG
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