Ace plans to replicate DOT programs for economic recovery

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ALOGUINSAN ADVENTURE: Local tourists explore the Bojo River in the town of Aloguinsan, southwest of Cebu. The local government developed the area as a tourist destination. | CDN File Photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines – If elected as the new governor of Cebu, the former Tourism Sec. Ace Durano plans to replicate several national government programs to help Cebu’s struggling tourism industry.

In a press release, Durano announced that he wanted to embrace the Basic Entrepreneurs for Ecotourism (GREET) initiative to tourism workers and stakeholders, from the private and public sectors, in the province by raising funds. up to 1 million pesos.

Named the Cebu Priority Recovery (CPR) program, Durano said it aimed not only to attract foreign tourists to visit Cebu again, but also to create jobs for locals.

“We have so many potential ecotourism sites in Cebu. Dili lang ang mga waterfalls, apil na ang mga hiking trails, mountain trails or camping spots, ”he said.

“It is not only for new players who can come up with new ideas to help tourism in Cebu, but also for current players who are struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

GREET, implemented in 2005 during Durano’s tenure as Head of the Tourism Department (DOT), grants individuals or groups capital between P 50,000 and P 100,000 to help develop a site of ecotourism.

“We are having discussions about this with the various business groups and they fully support the goal. There are existing models that we can apply here so that we can achieve this without compromising everyone’s health and safety, ”explained Durano.

Durano was secretary of tourism under the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2004 to 2010.

He is running as governor, facing outgoing governor Gwendolyn Garcia, for next year’s elections.

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