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Stakeholders create an Eastern Visayas “wish list” for tourism infrastructure

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The national government should search for funding for a master list of tourism infrastructure that Eastern Visayas tourism stakeholders developed in the future.

In order to identify the roads, bridges, ports, information and communications technology, and other structures required to support tourism activities, the Department of Tourism recently brought together important stakeholders from six provinces in the region, according to Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes.

“We want to have an edge. If organizations charged with carrying out infrastructure projects have finances available for the area, we want to be prepared, Tiopes told the Philippine News Agency.

Tourism officers, business owners, representatives from local and federal government agencies, and business owners attend the workshop.

According to Tiopes, the master list also contains a program of work that details the project’s design, location, impact, and financial requirements.

The Regional Development Council would then recommend the items on the list to the National Economic Development Authority.

“We’re not promising money, but we need to be ready in case a financial opportunity arises. There are times when money is available but no project proposals are ready, according to Tiopes.

The master listing comes at a perfect time because the central government has not yet developed regulations for the implementation of infrastructure projects related to the tourism industry that would be similar to the convergence program known as the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program that was put in place under previous administrations.

He continued by saying that if the necessary infrastructure is put in place, a certain location would draw tourists.

The provinces of Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, and Southern Leyte, as well as the cities of Baybay, Borongan, Calbayog, Catbalogan, Maasin, Ormoc, and Tacloban, the region’s capital, make up the Eastern Visayas region.

The Kalanggaman Island, San Juanico Bridge, Leyte Landing Memorial, Sambawan Island, Biliran, diving opportunities in Southern Leyte, Calicoan Island, Eastern Samar, Sohoton Cave, and Natural Park, and Biri Rock Formations in Northern Samar are a few of its well-known tourist attractions.

Compared to other tourist spots in the Philippines, the area is still largely undiscovered, but Tiopes said that has been progressively changing as interest in tourism that is purely natural has increased.

More tourists come to the area in search of its untamed coastlines and landscapes, unknown caverns and waterfalls, and intriguing histories.


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