United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 6th International Tourism Forum for Parliamentarians and Local Authorities

Homegrown Congressman Edgar Chatto proved to be his own man in the world tourism  firmament when he presided over the  third of the four plenary sessions of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 6th International Tourism Forum for Parliamentarians and Local Authorities when ended Friday in Cebu City.

The climax of the three day tourism shindig ended yesterday with a technical trip to Bohol with Cong. Chatto leading the visiting pack. 

Almost 400 prominent delegates from 78 nations in all continents participated in the world tourism event keynoted in the grand opening by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with Department of Tourism (DOT) Sec. Ace Durano as the main host. 

Chatto, who has trainings in law, economics and public administration, was tasked by the UNWTO to handle the discussion on the economic knowledge of tourism at the local level and measurement of employment in tourism sector. 

The session of extreme importance provided a deeper policy analysis on the impact of tourism on job creation and poverty alleviation as a strategy for economic growth and development of countries and their localities. 

The session, the third in the series of four during the world assembly, stressed the economics and social gauge of tourism through tourism satellite account and its local application, job creation through tourism activities, and tourism statistics as a means for molding policies and decisions. 

The congressman of the First District of Bohol and chairman of the House tourism committee moderated the session that mustered strong interest among the participants of global stature and distinction.  

Tourism ministers and parliamentarians mostly comprised the delegates, who also included inter-nation local officials, from across the globe who opened and concluded their four-day forum at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu.  

Chatto was joined in the policy discussion by experts Jean Michel Couve, member of the Parliament of France, Antonio Massieu, chief of the UNWTO Bureau of Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account, and John Hockey, member of the Australian Parliament and former minister for Business and Tourism of Australia. 

Major challenges to tourism development were tackled seriously, including the alarming issue of climate change, so that social, environmental and economic sustainability could settle in the very heart of the tourism industry.  

Yesterday, Chatto led the UNWTO delegates to their Bohol technical visit, an instant global promotion of the province's leading destinations and attractions such as the baffling Chocolate Hills in Carmen and endangered tarsier, world's smallest and oldest living primate 

Few other Boholanos, like provincial Board Members Ester Corazon Galbreath and Alfonso Damalerio II, who had the rare chance of attending the global forum shared the pride attributed to the international delegates' praises for Chatto's skillful handling of the third plenary session.  

"This forum, from the unquestioned stature and prestige of its sponsors and the distinguished personalities of its participants, is destined to be a great and historic event in the development of world tourism," declared former Cebu governor and now Deputy House Speaker Pablo Garcia, who delivered a keynote on behalf of House Speaker Prospero Nograles. 

Chatto led the Philippine delegation to the UNWTO Conferences in Tunisia, South Africa and Colombia, South America last year that won for the country the right to host this year's UNWTO global forum. (Ven rebo Arigo)

Best Public Market in Bohol Province

Eagerly awaiting deliberations of the recently wrapped-up Pamilihang Panlalawigan search by the evaluation team, Catigbian residents hope to finally bag the "best market award" this year.  

  Mayor Roberto Salinas however stressed that it is the unrelenting effort to dispense better service to the people that should an, but winning the provincial feat may come as a huge bonus.  

  Ranked only second to modern public market in Ubay in 2006, Catigbian pulled one ace off its sleeves when it edged the provincial winner in the regional competitions of that same year.   

  Bagging the region's 3rd best market after Bayawan City in Negros and Pardo in Cebu, Catigbian now hopes their public market can finally be recognized as Bohol's bes t, a huge feat for a public market that was constructed a few years after the war.  

  The provincial plum is a version of the Pambansang Pamilihan Search conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Bohol this year.  

  It is set to motivate public and private run markets to comply with trade rules including price tags, weights and measurements regulations and safety and quality standards, said DTI's Concordia Erano, in a phone interview recently. 

  This year, the Bohol search only includes 11 markets, DTI sources said. 

  Evaluated together with Catigbian in this year's search for Bohol's best public markets were Jagna, Guindulman, Ubay, Talibon, Carmen, Inabanga, Tubigon, Loon, Antequera and Tagbilaran City, Erano enumerated.  

  In Catigbian, market Administrator and assistant municipal treasurer Cresilda Rulida said the town has not ceased innovating its public market since they earned the regional award in 2006.  

  The administration under Mayor Roberto Salinas has put in the market a better drainage system and revamped the market's drainage culverts to assure the efficient and unimpeded flow of liquid wastes, further eliminating foul odor, Rulida shared. 

  The market gathered as much asP1.7M in revenues in 2006 and P1.4 M in 2007, despite the fact that the town livestock income was separately computed in 2007 following its independent operations, municipal records revealed. 

  In 2007, the town livestock center also netted about P.5M, Information officer Ardissa Estavilla said. (PIA/rachiu) 

Bohol Ubi Powder

JAGNA.- This town's famous ubi powder was awarded recently as Best FITS Product in the search for outstanding performance by the different Farmers' Information and Technology Services (FITS) centers at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City. 

Although a novel product, Jagna's ubi powder has already established and has the potential to expand share in the market. 

With appropriate product packaging and a little of aesthetic presentation such as design and proper labels, it added value to the product thus enhancing its price and profitability. 
 
The Techno Gabay Awards was aimed to encourage the different FITS centers to raise the level of their performance as it likewise enhanced the functionality of all FITS centers in Bohol and improved the level of commitment of the FITS center.  

It was also expected that the search would increase awareness of the public on the services of the FITS center and its functions.
 
The Provincial Techno Gabay Steering Committee conducted three levels of evaluation.  

The first one was led by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist Bohol, which is hosting the Provincial FITS (ProFITS) while the second group was headed by the Philippine Carabao Center in Ubay which is hosting the FITS at Ubay Agri Park.  

The Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology (CVSCAFT), which is also hosting a FITS center in their Bilar Campus, is in charge of the third group.  

Although the ProFITS and FITS at Ubay Agri Park and CVSCAFT in Bilar are not part of the search representatives from PCARRD and the Central Visayas-Consortium for Integrated Regional Research and Development are helping the three teams of evaluators in the conduct of the search. 
 
The award inclusive of P40,000.00 cash and a certificate was received by Jagna Municipal Agriculture Officer Camilo Rizano in behalf of Mayor Exuperio Lloren who was on official business in Manila at that time. 

Is Bohol Governor Concerned of Tagbilaran Drainage Problem?

 A  request of Gov. Erico Aumentado for the city council to give utmost priority was treated as "other matters" in the calendar of business when the law making body met the other day.

 In the language of the Sangguniang Panglungsud, other matters is in the lower rung of priorities.

 In the order of priorities, the kind of request emanating from the office of the governor should have been tackled during the Presiding Officers Time (POT).

 Speaking of urgency, the governor wanted the SP to pass two resolutions regarding the turn-over of the CPG drainage mainline and the San Jose outfall.

 Taking its own sweet time, the SP is expected to tackle the request as it meets next session.

 Aumentado's letter dated Oct. 22 was addressed to Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso and certified "priority".

 Asked to comment on the letter, Mayor Dan Lim said it virtually exonerated him of all the blame for the illegal connections and the flooding along CPG north.

 In his letter to Veloso, the governor said he is "reiterating my request for you and the Sangguniang Panlungsod to pass a resolution requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to turn over to the City of Tagbilaran the CPG drainage mainline and to authorize (the mayor) Lim to accept the turn-over thereof."

 Aumentado said the resolution is a requirement which DPWH Undersecretary Manuel Bonoan required when he conveyed Lim's position.

 In his letter to the governor, the mayor made it clear that the city government "will require a formal turnover".

  "It is not only a matter of formality as it is made to appear, but for the concerned parties to be accountable for their acts," Lim wrote Aumentado.

 The governor agreed that "there is wisdom in the mayor's position".

 Aumentado told Veloso that there is a need to comply with Bonoan's "reasonable requirement" to arrive at a "commonly acceptable solution to the issue whose positive resolution can lead us, hopefully, to solve the nagging problem of flooding at the North CPG Avenue area and the controversy of the San Jose outfall".

 At the same time, Aumentado appealed to the city council to pass a similar resolution for the DPWH to turn over to the city the San Jose outfall and road improvement project to facilitate the use of the storm drainage facility and the road.

 Like the other resolution, the governor said the city legislative should also pass a resolution authorizing the mayor to accept them.

 The governor's request is a reversal of Bonoan's previous position where he was extensively quoted by a local radio station and a local weekly that there is no need for a turn-over. - Sunday Post