ILOILO CITY—Tagum City began what it hoped to be an awards harvest season by sweeping three major tourism awards in the 2017 Pearl Awards, including the highly-coveted Best Tourism-Oriented Local Government Unit in the Philippines during the annual nationwide search for best practices in tourism.
Tagum, ideally notable for this victory since it has no major natural tourist spots to boast of, is in the running to bag next year’s Hall of Fame Award in this category after winning for the second time the country’s highest tourism award handed out by the Department of Tourism and the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines.
Kaimunan aw Pakaradyan Festival, the festivals highlighting the rich culture and tradition of the city’s Indigenous Peoples and Muslim communities was also adjudged as the Grand Winner in the Best Festival Category.
Tagum City also bagged the first runner up award in the Best Responsible Tourism Campaign category for its Tagumpay Gulayan Program, a ground-breaking, grassroots-based farm tourism strategy highlighting the importance of vegetable gardening in both urban and rural setting.
Said awards are a fruition of the premium put by the City Government of Tagum on tourism development as driver for economic growth and shall inspire the LGU to further harness tourism’s potential in changing people’s lives, stressed Mayor Allan L. Rellon in a statement.
He said the efforts of the local government on tourism under his flagship program dubbed as EAGLE WINGS Program is benefiting the city by leaps and bounds through an all-inclusive strategy that pools resources from all sectors of the society.
Meanwhile, the local government on Wednesday will also defend its Balik Sigla and Tagumpay Gulayan Programs which made it to the cut in the Magic 20 of this year’s Galing Pook Awards, the annual recognition for best local government practices.
On Monday, Mayor Rellon also led the LGU delegation in presenting the business environment sustainability framework after being named as a national finalist for the 2017 Search for Business-Friendly LGUs by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Louie Lapat, CIO Tagum