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www.newscentralsite.com st rateg y to create economic oppor t unit ies in t he r ural areas. Gabor said t he conference ident ified how t hat President Benig no Aquino III is put- t ing tour ism on top of his agenda because of t he potent ial of t he indust r y to help re- duce pover t y. “We are going to build a lot of emphasis ing and eat ing w it h t he people. On his ret ur n to A mer ica he said, “This “That is how communit y-based r ural is t he way tour ism should be developed to

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  • Truly, to enjoy yo

    ur va

    cation

    you

    hav

    e to enjoy the crowd, the cu

    l-ture of the people and of cou

    rse, th

    e foods in the area you

    are visiting.

    That is how com

    munity-based

    rural

    tourism

    shou

    ld be, says former tou

    rism

    secretary a

    nd S

    ubic-based

    Intern

    ational

    Sch

    ool of Sustainab

    le Tou

    rism

    (ISST) chair-

    person M

    ina Gab

    or.

    Gab

    or, in collaboration w

    ith the Asian

    Productivity Organ

    ization (A

    PO), th

    e Devel-

    opmen

    t Academ

    y of the Ph

    ilippines (DAP),

    and th

    e Dep

    artm

    ent of Tou

    rism

    , recen

    tly or-

    ganized

    the three-day National Con

    ference

    on Planning an

    d D

    evelop

    ing Com

    munity-

    Based

    rural Tou

    rism

    held at the Su

    bic Bay

    Exhibition and Con

    vention

    Cen

    ter (SBEC

    C).

    Gab

    or said the conference aim

    ed to en

    -han

    ce th

    e know

    ledge of local tou

    rism

    stake

    -holders on

    the concept o

    f rural tou

    rism

    as a

    strategy to create econ

    omic opportunities

    in the rural a

    reas.

    Gab

    or said th

    e conference iden

    tified

    how

    to promote an

    d encourage local com

    munity

    support through

    com

    munity-based

    rural

    tourism

    (CBrT) w

    hich cou

    ld be a big boost

    to lo

    cal e

    conom

    ies.

    The conference also sh

    owcased assort-

    men

    t of local food delicacies from

    different

    provinces like Morcon and Sisig Pam

    pan

    ga,

    lumpia Bacolod and In

    asal na Man

    ok, Bag-

    net Ilocu

    s, Barbacoa an

    d Humba of Visay

    as

    and a lot m

    ore delectable Filipino food

    which

    tourists wou

    ld surely enjoy.

    Gab

    or narrated that in 2007, an icon in

    inform

    ation technolog

    y took

    his backpack

    and w

    ent to his hom

    e in Sou

    th Africa an

    d

    immersed him

    self in th

    e community, dan

    c-ing an

    d eating with the peo

    ple.

    On his return to America he said, This

    is the way tou

    rism

    shou

    ld be dev

    elop

    ed to

    enjoy yo

    ur trav

    el in different countries.

    The man

    , Gab

    or con

    tinued

    , was M

    icrosoft

    founder Bill G

    ates.

    During the conference, Tou

    rism

    Secre-

    tary Alberto lim

    vowed

    to give more atten-

    tion

    to ru

    ral tou

    rist destinations, as local ex-

    ecutive

    s an

    d tou

    rism

    stakeh

    olders arou

    nd

    the country conve

    yed their su

    pport to the

    governmen

    ts program o

    n community-

    based

    tou

    rism

    particu

    larly in rural a

    reas.

    Addressing more than

    600

    governors,

    may

    ors an

    d lo

    cal tou

    rism

    officers lim

    said

    that Presiden

    t Ben

    igno Aquino III is put-

    ting tourism

    on top

    of his agenda becau

    se

    of the poten

    tial of the industry to help re-

    duce poverty.

    W

    e are go

    ing to build a lo

    t of emphasis

    on product dev

    elop

    men

    t in the rural a

    reas

    where poverty is in the highest (lev

    els),

    lim said.

    lim said that over the years, the DoT

    has granted som

    e P55 million

    to ab

    out 123

    rural com

    munities to help dev

    elop

    and im

    -prove in

    digen

    ous tourism

    products an

    d fa

    -cilities, as well as for trainings on tou

    r an

    d

    trek

    guiding, native craft m

    aking, and local

    food catering.

    The

    fund w

    as granted through the

    Grassroots En

    trep

    reneu

    rs Employmen

    t and

    Tou

    rism

    (GrEE

    T) program, which aim

    s to

    generate em

    ploymen

    t an

    d livelihood w

    ith

    balan

    ced ecology an

    d environ

    men

    tal pro-

    tection to promote eco-tou

    rism

    sites and

    dev

    elop

    tou

    rism

    at the community level.

    Based on

    the report of the National Statistics

    Office, lim

    said that althou

    gh the tourism

    in-

    dustry ranks number fou

    r as foreign exchan

    ge

    earner, it is now

    number on

    e in creating jobs.

    These jobs are jobs in the rural areas,

    where most of ou

    r most beautiful attrac-

    tion

    s can be found, lim

    added

    .

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