DOT to receive P6M grant from Canada

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Friday, April 11, 2014

THE Department of Tourism in Davao Region (DOT 11) will be receiving a P6-million grant from Local Government Program Services (LGPS) of Canada for the capacity building of resort owners in Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos).

DOT 11 regional chief tourism operations officer Eden Josephine L. David said the grant will be used for the capacity building program under the DOT-Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) convergence scheme for the resort owners.

"The main objective of the program is to prepare the resort owners for the implementation of the open access in the coming years," David said during Friday's edition of Kapihan sa PIA held at the regional office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).


Open access gives the beach-goers a privilege to enter resorts without paying any entrance fee, David said.

For this reason, she said the proposed open access has been the worries of some resort owners as it might be a cause for loss of income since they have been dependent with the entrance fees.

However, David assured that the government will come up with different programs that will help the resorts find an alternative source of income such as boat renting schemes, food development, water activities, among others.

As a response, the DOT-DILG convergence will help these resorts. "We will be launching the program this year with the provincial government of Davao del Norte," David said.

Other components of the program include opening of the beachlines and other strategic marketing programs for the island's tourism.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 12, 2014.


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