Issue of July 9, 2017
     
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BLISTT necessary for Baguio’s tourism development strategy
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

A five-year comprehensive tourism development plan for Baguio is in the works and is focused on strategies that highlight the need for the city to work together with the communities of La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay in Benguet.

The conceptual framework of the city’s tourism development plan, a product of collaboration of the Department of Tourism-Cordillera and the city government of Baguio, highlights the role of the BLISTT community in reaching the city’s to develop as a sustainable and progressive destination in the Cordillera.

Berkman International, Inc., which has been contracted by DOT-CAR to prepare the plan, recommends in the framework for the city to work together instead of competing with its BLISTT neighbors to augment and complement its tourism and investment attractiveness, and become one of the top destinations in the country.

To better manage its tourist arrivals, it is recommended for the city government to lay out plans for its immediate, short, medium, and long-term needs. These plans should cover street and sidewalk management; traffic, transport, and parking management, environmental management, and disaster risk reduction management.

The other salient recommendations are expected to be tackled by the city government after the DOT-CAR turned over on July 7 to the city the conceptual framework of the 2017-2022 tourism development plan.

The plan was formulated after a period of planning, series of consultations with key stakeholders, crafting, and refinement from June 2016 to June this year.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, chair of the city council committee on tourism, accepted the document in behalf of the city from Tourism Regional Director Marie Venus Tan, who expressed hopes of better managing and providing directions to the city’s tourism industry.

Datuin acknowledged the importance of the DOT’s initiative to collaborate with the city government in this effort, since the city has yet to have a master tourism plan despite having tourism as one of its main economic drivers.

The development plan contains a consolidated situational analysis and a final report. The first part reviews the city’s land use and zoning and its role in the provincial and regional contexts; physical properties and environmental concerns, including road networks and power and water sources.

It also summed up the city’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to its status as a tourist destination.

It also identified projects that should be prioritized to promote sustainability and inclusive growth.


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Baguio Country Club
Department of Tourism – CAR
GRAB
Informatics
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SiTEL
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
BDO
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Maybank
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
NIIT
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
STI
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
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