MARASUGAN, Compostella Valley – Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go on Sunday said celebrating festivals help in enriching and preserving cultural heritage, thus pushing tourism as a tool in bringing better livelihood to Filipinos.
“Tourism has a significant impact on national development primarily because it generates income and jobs for the people. This is why the government is always keen in investing on necessary infrastructures to support and further develop the tourism potential of places in Mindanao such as the Municipality of Maragusan,” Go said in his speech during the 41st Araw ng Maragusan& 23rd P’yagsawitan Festival here.
“It is through festivals like this that we are able to spread awareness about our cultural heritage. Once again, thank you for preserving the tradition and culture of the Mansaka tribe,” he added.
Go encouraged citizens to continue their support and involvement in enriching their culture as he lauded around 3,000 barangay officials, municipal officials, teachers, students, and civil society organizations who organized and attended the event.
The event was a twin occasion for the celebration of the founding anniversary of Maragusan and the culmination of the Pyagsawitan Festival.
The festival is Mansaka-Mandaya Tribes’ thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest of the year.
“TunaynganaangPilipinas ay biniyayaan ng mga tourist spots at festivals, gayaditosaMaragusan. At tulad ng inyongselebrasyonsamasagananganingayongtaon, pangarapkopona mas magingmaunlad pa anginyongbayan at angbuongPilipinas,” Go said.
Go, who is running for senator in the 2019 elections, vowed to continue to support infrastructure programs that will strengthen tourism, such as the Mindanao Railway Project, as it will bring opportunities to the community.
The Mindanao Railway Project of the government is an expanded railway network to provide faster and more convenient transportation between Davao and Caraga regions.
The government is fast-tracking the feasibility study for the project.
“Iba’t-ibangprograma at proyektonamalakiangmagiging impact ditosaatingprobinsya. Malasakitpoangamingibinabahagi, naisnaminna mas giginhawaangdaloy ng inyongkomersyo at transportasyon,” he said.
In the same event, Go added that he plans to push for measures that will make it easier for Filipinos to access government services in line with his ‘Malasakit para satao’ platform.
First on his agenda, he said, is to provide each and every Filipino quality healthcare programs by establishing more Malasakit Centers all throughout the nation.
The Malasakit Center is a ‘one stop shop’ where indigent patients can ask for financial assistance from various government agencies, such as the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philhealth, PAGCOR, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. (PR)