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“Wow! It's more fun in Laguna.”
Neil Andrew Nocon made this remark during his interview with former senator Richard Gordon and Amelyn Veloso on Radyo5 on Monday morning.
Nocon, the province's second district Board Member and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee Chairman on Culture and Tourism, enumerated efforts exerted by the provincial government during the radio interview.
On promoting other facets of Laguna
Besides being famous for woodcarvers in Paete, the province’s Laguna festival was declared last year by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines as the best tourism event in the country.
The festival highlights the biodiversity of Laguna Lake and the province’s abundant natural resources. As a result of this award, the event was extended to ten days instead of eight this year.
Mr. Neil Nocon and Laguna’s provincial government led by Governor ER Ejercito were very persistent and enthusiastic in advertising and promoting the events and activities in Laguna through print ads.
In addition, the provincial governor is very proactive in conceptualizing and designing their tourism campaign, according to Nocon.
Richard “Dick” Gordon, former senator and tourism secretary, cannot help but commend their efforts.
“Talagang yan ang gusto ko eh, masigasig sinasabing eto maganda kami kaya punta kayo rito. Ganun dapat diba? (That’s what I like, you are very determined in promoting your place as a must-see. It should be that way, right?)”
Officials also eye the province as the Spa Capital in the Philippines, seeking to establish spa centers named as “batis”.
More discipline means more tourists
The Laguna provincial government does not only set its focus on promoting the province but also on the people who work for the them, including the boatmen.
"Meron pong training ang ating mga bangkero, meron po silang color coding at ini-instill po talaga yung discpline sa ating mga bangkero," Nocom said, describing how they supervise boatmen.
Besides their training, boatmen are also given insurance. The government emphasized that they should take care of their workers so they would take care the tourists in return.
‘Save Laguna de Bay’
Bypass roads, a dike, and a ferry boat system are being pushed by the provincial government to bring progress.
Laguna de Bay should be saved because one day it will save other people too.
However, it can also kill lives if people continue to neglect it.
To increase awareness and consciousness about Laguna de Bay, the government conducted a fun run last Sunday. Aliana Gimena, InterAksyon.com