DOT-9 holds media familiarization tour in Davao

Subscribe Now June 24, 2013 at 06:02pm

Five media men from this city have recently visited Davao City on a three-day "familiarization tour" jointly sponsored by the Department of Tourism (DOT)-9 and the Cebu Pacific Airline Company in coordination with DOT-11.

DOT-9 Regional Director Mary June Bugante said the media familiarization tour was designed to drum up awareness on the different tourist destinations from Dipolog City to Davao City and the neighboring provinces.

On the first day, the group was toured around the city where the biggest China town in the whole world is located. Passing through the old streets named after the country’s national heroes and leaders, the media men were brought to Davao City 911, a highly computerized and fully integrated emergency and rescue dispatch system.

Davao City 911 emergency response system is said to be the first of its kind in the country and in Asia, and the third in the world after the United States and Canada.

On the second day, the Dipolog media men visited Museo Dabawenyo, Malagos Garden Resort, Philippine Eagle Park, Eden Nature Park and Resort and Crocodile Farm. Then, on the last day, they were brought to Pearl Farm Beach Resort and to the 14-hectare marine reserve where the giant clams are being grown, all at the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte.

In a related development, DOT-11 Regional Director Art Boncato Jr. said in an interview that a group of media men from Davao will also be having their familiarization tour in Dipolog City either in July or August this year. “This is geared towards a good exchange of destinations between the two cities,” he said.

He also disclosed that DOT-11 currently embarks on three major programs, namely: eco-tourism, developing minds and promoting connectivity and access.

Eco-tourism aims to promote the different tourist destinations from island to island while the second program seeks to promote Davao City as the center for conventions/conferences.

Promoting connectivity and access program, on the other hand, refers to infrastructure and transportation facilities that will make travel among local and foreign tourists easier.

The media men joining the tour were Zamboanga del Norte Press Club President Rosemarie P. Miranda, Kapihan sa Dipolog host Editha P. Tomong, RMN-dxDR station manager Richard Villaronte, Sunny Dimasuhid Jr. of ABS-CBN and Franklin P. Gumapon of the Philippine Information Agency.


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