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DOT-TPB COO Urges Everyone to be Responsible Stewards, Visitors of The Earth

CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela – The Department of Tourism’s Tourism Promotions Board (DOT-TPB) chief operating officer has called on everyone to be responsible stewards of the Earth even as we continue to enjoy God’s gift for all.

Atty. Ma. Anthonette V. Allones, TPB’s chief operating officer, in her message to the over 176 participants in the Regional Tourism Forum and Awards Night (RTFAN) held at the Isabela Convention Center here on May 31, said everyone sacrificed in the past two years in order to re-open gradually the different tourism sites and destinations in the region for local and foreign tourists.

“Let’s harness the “gifts” of the pandemic to us. We saw the importance of considering the carrying capacity of our tourism sites and destinations, our duties, responsibilities and accountabilities as stewards of the Earth,” Allones said.

“We do not only enjoy our current tourism sites and the products that are there, but we should leave these places better than when we got there,” she added.

She said the time has come for everyone to take stack of what has to be done individually and collectively to ensure the continuing competitiveness of Region 2 as a tourism destination.

“You have to share your experiences and the best practices that you have paved towards recovery so that you will be able to motivate others especially the micro, small and medium enterprises that they may be able to create and offer compelling tourist experiences in Cagayan Valley Region,” the DOT official said.

Meanwhile, the DOT official expressed hope that all the tourism stakeholders of Cagayan Valley Region and the DOT will continue to work together particularly along sustainable and responsible tourism.

“I commit my full support and be with you, travel with you, along with you, in the name of sustainable tourism in the region’s five provinces and four cities,” she said.

“Don’t hesitate to call on us should there be other tourism promotions projects we can partner with in our shared journey towards the recovery of the region’s tourism industry,” she said. #PR/RTFAN/#16

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