Cagayan Valley and Northern Philippine Islands

DOT 2 to Award 53 Individuals, Organizations for Outstanding Contributions to the Region’s Tourism Industry

CAUAYAN CITY, ISABELA – Some 53 individuals and organizations will be feted during the Awards Night of the Department of Tourism, regional office at the Isabela Convention Center here on May 31.

Regional Director Fanibeth T. Domingo said of the total awardees, five are provincial tourism officers, four city tourism officers, the regional tourism council, a farm tourism association, a regional association of travel agencies and tour operators, the chair of the Cagayan Valley Regional Tourism Council (CVRTC) and the immediate past chair of the (CVRTC), five ASEAN awardees specifically for their notable homestay undertakings, a restaurant for its extraordinarily clean toilet, a city for being an extraordinarily clean city and an association of environmental protectors for its community-based tourism endeavor.

The other awardees include a town for its best tourism practice during the pandemic, a city for featuring a unique headdress, the region’s five mainland-provinces for their efforts in support to the DOT’s vaccination drive, nine regional government agencies for their efforts to support the DOT regional office’s programs to include the Bayanihan 2, CARES for Travel, assistance to stranded tourists, promotion of agri-farm sites and media relations.

Four local government units which include two provinces, one municipality and one city will likewise be awarded for launching and operationalizing their tourism circuits to address tourism concerns in the light of the New Normal as the DOT recalibrates its tourism products with corresponding health and safety protocols, and thus, reopen the tourism industry with significant confidence and renewed private sector support.

The DOT 2 will also recognize the region’s harp making industry, a pottery industry, the longest-running federated tourism organization, the oldest tour guide, a tourism officer for her efforts and dedication towards the tourism industry that inspired the LGU to create a permanent plantilla position for tourism officer at the LGU level.

An award will also be given to the private sector representative from the tourism industry to the Cagayan Valley Regional Development Council as co-chair, and a post-humous award to the late DOT Regional Director Blessida G.Diwa for her outstanding contributions to the tourism industry as private sector representative in the RDC after her retirement.

Regional Director Domingo said the awards set to be granted are all for the awardees’ significant contributions to the development of the region’s tourism industry, boost for the DOT’s Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP) and other tourism programs, projects and activities. #PR/RTFAN/#2

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