February 21, 2018: *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DepEd Bohol Division Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos led Provincial Government and DepEd officials in the blessing of the newly rehabilitated CPG Sports Complex to make it ready for use during Bohol's hosting of CVRAA 2018 which opens on Feb. 25 *** Pre-CVRAA activities in Bohol will begin on February 23 and will officially open on Feb. 25 with a holy mass at 2pm, followed by a parade at 3:30pm which will lead to the CPG Sports Complex. ***Bohol will host 11,737 delegates from 19 divisions in the whole of Central Visayas for 2018 Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) 2018 hosting, according to DepEd Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto bared that Bohol got 48% increase in production of rice, the highest record in the country in 2017, as confirmed by the Department of Agriculture (DA). *** PDEA-7 Director Emerson Margate said that PDEA which leads the oversight committee still needs to review the drug status of 500 barangays in Bohol before confirming them as drug free. *** Over a year into the government's nationwide campaign against narcotics trade, none of Bohol's 1,109 barangays have officially been recognized as drug-free by the regional oversight committee that assess drug presence in villages. *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA-7 Director Leo Caneda led the ribbon cutting and opening exhibits of the 3-day 18th Ubi Festival today. This year's festival is themed: "Ubi, Hamiling Lagutmon Ikapasigarbo sa mga Turista sa Tanang Panahon."

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bohol tourism gets help From Dutch GIZ expert

Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 24, 2012 (PIA) – Wanting always to go right in its sustainable eco-cultural tourism destination dream, Bohol gets every help it can get, this time, from an international assistance group. 

The German Technical Cooperation or Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) lends to Bohol the technical expertise of Nanda Ritsma, a Dutch national who has been assisting eco-tourism projects in Netherlands and in Bhutan where she worked for the tourism value chain in the Himalayas in the last six years, said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Maria Elena Arbon. 

At the tourism core group meeting held at the DTI Conference Hall Thursday, Director Arbon presented Ritsma to the core group members who gathered to review the outputs of the earlier tourism strategic planning workshops. 

Ritsma is the latest foreign worker lending her technical assistance following a help the provincial tourism program got from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through couple David and Fiona Aaron. 

The Aarons worked with PROCESS, a Non Government Organization largely involved in implementing AusAID projects on community development and eco-tourism. 

At the meeting attended by tourism, government and business sector representatives, Ritsma, who admitted she still has to immerse herself in the communities here, said she is excited especially when she finds a new kind of sectoral partnership which may be different from her past experiences. 

During the meeting also, representatives sifted through the tourism strategic planning workshop outputs and pegged its next steps to advance Bohol eco-tourism industry into its dream of a sustainable industry that works out for the improvement of the people’s lives but also retaining the communities’ cultural identity. 

For starters, everyone in the core group agreed that the province needs a massive Information Education and Communication program which should center on the new National Tourism Law and the Access Law (Republic Act 9442). 

According to the group, IEC would also delve into the issues on Culture of Tourism, Environment Conservation, National Tourism Law and the National Tourism Development Program, Culture and Heritage Preservation, Product Development for Local Government Units and Eco-tourism. 

Also, with a little more than 3,000 rooms available for Bohol and faced with an ever increasing tourist arrivals, stretching stay average, the lack issue of rooms surfaced as a sore issue the core group first tackled from the workshop outputs. 

Next steps, according to the group include Training Needs Assessment (TNA) for front office, housekeeping, kitchen staff and stakeholders interested in a home-stay program in Bohol. 

Aside from these, also tackled were future eco-tourism directions in Culture and Heritage tourism as well as Sports and Recreation tourism, emerging new products for Bohol. (30)

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