October 12, 2010, 9:01pm
Davao City's Welcome Dinner extravaganza
of the Asian Bird Fair held at the Matina Town Square
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (PNA) – Davao
City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio refused to be bogged down by
Mindanao’s peace and order situation and has declared
a full-blast campaign to promote the city’s tourism
industry that will derive its strength from the peaceful co-existence
of its tri-people.
“The Mindanao situation will no longer
be my excuse. It is time to embark on a tourism campaign that
captures our great city’s Muslim-Christian-Lumad peaceful
co-existence and the wealth of our natural resources,”
Duterte-Carpio said during her State of the City Address Monday,
which also marked her 100 days in office.
She said eco-tourism has been identified
as one of the city’s greatest assets with Davao currently
ranking 6th as a travel destination.
The mayor has ordered the preparation of
the city’s tourism industry, the grassroots-based souvenir
production centers, the pasalubong centers, the visitor centers,
and the volun-tourguides.
Davao City , through joint efforts with the
private sector, won the Best Booth in the Travel Fair City
category and the Travel Fair People’s Choice overall
champion during the recently-concluded 21st Philippine Travel
Mart held in Manila .
Duterte-Carpio also cited the successful
celebration of the annual grand Kadawayan Festival last August,
thanks to a strong participation from the private sector.
The city also hosted the 1st Asian Bird Fair
and 6th Philippine Bird Festival last September.
Despite the significant role played by tourism
under her administration, she has allocated only 16 percent
of the city’s budget to economic development which includes
tourism enhancement, and investment generation, among others.
The city government, however, has not yet
released the exact amount since the budget will be submitted
to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) before October 15.
Majority or 46 percent of the city’s
development will go to Social Development “because the
first duty of government is individual security and family