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Open areas and urban parks will be included in the PH tourism portfolio.

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One of the Philippines’ top concerns in broadening its tourism offering for post-pandemic travel is the development of urban parks and open spaces.

Christina Frasco, the tourism secretary, voiced hope for the creation of new “world-class” parks on Thursday at the inaugural Philippine Parks Congress, both inside and outside of Metro Manila.

In a speech, she said, “Parks are important because they give us and our families a chance to commune with nature, to spend quality time with each other, and to serve as a constant reminder that, no matter how busy life may get, we must always take time to unwind, to relax, and to be in touch with nature.”

According to Frasco, ongoing efforts are being made to help local governments around the nation enhance their individual parks by offering advice.

“This can only mean that parks will become an even bigger part of our society in the years to come. Let’s stick together and be more determined to give the Filipino people access to parks of the highest caliber “Added she.

She also advocated for more aggressive sustainability initiatives to save public open areas from the negative consequences of unchecked tourism.

She said that the number of visitors to both Rizal and Paco Parks alone increased from 1.5 million to 3 million between January and November 2022.

Gertie Duran-Batocabe, executive director of Nayong Pilipino Foundation, also emphasized the necessity of increasing inclusivity in cultural infrastructure and public spaces.

“The Philippine Development Plan 2017–2022 emphasizes the need for more inclusive cultural infrastructure and public spaces to promote conversation and cross-cultural engagement. Parks support the arts, heritage, culture, and other allied fields of the Philippine creative sector, and we have observed how pandemic recovery efforts like these helped Intramuros “She spoke.

The purpose of the three-day Parks Congress was to bring together public and private sector participants in the development of urban parks and green spaces in order to establish the groundwork for the development of a national framework for the development of urban parks in the Philippines.

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