Senate Vice Chair of Committee on Tourism Sonny Angara met with Bohol tourism stakeholders on Tuesday in Panglao.
Angara was joined by Congress Committee on Tourism Chair and 1st District Representative Rene Relampagos as well as 2nd District Cong. Aris Aumentado.
In a stakeholders’ forum organized by the Bohol Tourism Office in coordination with the Provincial Tourism Council headed by Atty. Lucas Nunag, tourism stakeholders both from the public and private sector discussed concerns such as franchise of transportation, Internet connectivity, air traffic and air transportation availability, and security.
Provincial Administrator Ae Damalerio also presented progress on the New Bohol Airport project.
Tourism Head Josephine Cabarrus reported on advancements in Bohol tourism two years after the earthquake.
Among these are the Visit Bohol campaign this year through the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Eco Tourism Bohol in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Sustainable Environmental Protection Project (SEPP).
Angara, who has been a staunch environmental advocate, worked with Gov. Edgar Chatto in Congress on the Tourism Act of 2009.
The senator who had high praises for Bohol’s development committed to bring the concerns to the Senate Committee on Tourism so that it may be also be discussed with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
Bohol Congressmen Relampagos and Aumentado also expressed support for the growth and sustainability of the province’s tourism industry.
DOT Regional Director Rowena Lu Montecillo also attended the stakeholders’ consultation meeting held at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao.
Angara was in Bohol with his entire staff and also attended Monday morning’s Convocation Program at the Capitol.