CAVITE TO OPEN TOURISM, CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPT ON JAN. 1
GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite – Starting Jan. 1, 2019, the Cavite Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) will no longer be under the office of the governor but a regular provincial department that includes cultural affairs.
PTO Head Elinia Imelda Rozelle S. Sangalang bared this during the opening of the three-day educational conference aimed at deepening Cavite’s growing population on the knowledge and appreciation of Cavite’s rich historical past held at the Cultural and Convention Center here on Monday.
Sangalang said that the soon to be regular provincial government body would be tasked, among others, to perpetuate and promote Cavite’s culture, heritage and history, most especially on General Emilio Aguinaldo, and the other revolutionary heroes.
Organized by the Cavite government through the Provincial Tourism Office, in collaboration with the Dept of Education (DepEd) School Divisions of Cavite and Cavite Historical Institute (CHI), the conference was staged to build up activities in line with Aguinaldo’s 150th birth anniversary slated March 22 next year.
The PTO’s establishment into the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) is pursuant to Provincial Ordinance No. 217, introduced and sponsored by First District Board Member Ryan R. Enriquez and co-sponsored by all SP members.
Sangalang said the provincial legislation was crafted in response to Cavite's increasing tourism projects and programs , including culture and arts preservation and the province’s promotional activities to achieve socio-economic and sustainable development.
“We are currently in transition and are completing the various activities lined-up for this year,” Sangalang said, citing PTCAO’s orderly delivery of services in targeting next year’s full-blown operations.
Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla has approved the ordinance last Oct. 8 and is now on its preparatory stage to attain a full provincial department headed by a Provincial Tourism Officer (PTO).
PTCAO will serve as the primary planning, programming, coordinating, implementing and regulatory agency of the provincial government in the development and promotion of the tourism industry, both domestic and international.
It encompasses various cultural affairs in the province in accordance with R.A. 9593, otherwise known as the Tourism Act of 2009” and would be responsible in policy formulation and conceptualization of plans and programs on tourism and cultural product development and promotions.
The office is also tasked to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and national government agencies for the integration of provincial tourism and cultural agenda through development plans.
The newly-created tourism culture and arts office shall also be responsible to oversee provincial government-owned tourism facilities, monitor standards and accreditation of tourism-related establishments and services, supervise various cultural affairs that promote and preserve cultural heritage and growth of the province; as well as develop partnership and establish linkages between local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders in the sectors of culture and tourism.
PCTAO’s creation is in line with the provincial government’s thrust to develop tourism as a major and sustainable socio-economic activity in the province, generate community awareness and support on tourism and develop culture of tourism among Caviteños and to maximize Cavite heritage, culture and arts development as a foundation of tourism in the province,
It is also geared towards the promotion of cultural heritage growth and preservation, capacitate of various tourism industry stakeholders, establish linkages and partnerships with other agencies and the private sector and generate sustainable influx of tourists in the province.
The department will have 3 main divisions, one being the research, planning and tourism product development division which provide support services in the areas of policy formulation and evaluation; formulation, updating and monitoring of the Tourism Master Plan; tourism and product development research and statistic, and local incentives program; coordination with other government agencies, local communities and other stakeholders in the industry.
Other divisions include tourism services, promotions and cultural affairs; and administrative management. (PNA)