Bohol experience displays community involvement -- Celso PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:53

Community involvement propels Bohol Province to be one of the tourist havens in the country and if such good value is also espoused by each and every Zamboangueño, Zamboanga City will no doubt reach greater heights.

Thus said Mayor Celso Lobregat, after leading a Zamboanga delegation of councilors and department heads to an educational tour of the eco-tourism projects in the province of Bohol last week.

“Bohol is tourist-friendly and has become a tourist haven over the past years and we can learn a lot of things from their experience”, Mayor Lobregat declared.  “We can learn how their tourism has developed”.

The Zamboanga delegation visited various communities in the barangays and municipalities of Bohol and met with local government officials, during which Mayor Lobregat exchanged experiences and good practices with Bohol Provincial officials, Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Neri Lim, Alburquerque Municipal Mayor Efren Tongol and Carmen Municipal Mayor Conchita “Che” Toribio-de los Reyes.

“We can say that the whole community is involved (in the advocacy to promote Bohol). Everybody talks positively about Bohol, there is hardly any negative comment about the area”, Mayor Lobregat said citing testimonies from Carmen Mayor de los Reyes, who traces her roots to Zamboanga in Mercedes.

The Carmen mayor herself admitted that her municipality, where the famous chocolate hills is located, also gets a share of crime incidents but such reports are not highlighted and talked about. “There are negative incidents happening here but what we focus on is the negative which is one reason why we get a lot of tourists coming”.

Tourism is the main income of Bohol Province, whose capital is Tagbilaran City. Thousands of tourists from all over the country and the world make it a point to visit Bohol.  Among the tourist attractions in Bohol are the renowned Chocolate Hills, the Blood Compact Shrine, the historical Baclayon Church, Billar man-made forest and the exciting tarsier encounter and Loboc River Cruise.

Mayor Lobregat observed that one thing very noticeable in Bohol is that each and every mayor, councilor, government official and resident in the area is very proud to be Boholanos. “Everybody was talking about Bohol, everybody has positive outlook and proud of their area. They are very proud of their area”.

He chief executive, it is recalled, has been calling on all Zamboangueños to bring about the good, the best, the positive and the beautiful of Zamboanga stressing that “if we, Zamboangueños will not love and care for Zamboanga, who else will?”.

In every engagement he attends, the mayor makes it a point to promote Zamboanga to counter the misimpression of out of towners brought about by the negative reports published and aired through the media.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat invited the Boholano officials to also visit Zamboanga City and to see for themselves the potentials of Asia’s Latin City. “We hope to reciprocate your hospitality and to show you the beauty of Zamboanga," he told every official he met in Bohol.

Accompanying the mayor in the Bohol trip were Councilors Benjamin Guingona III, Abdurahman Nuno, Lilia Nuno, Myra Abubakar, Al Jihan Edding, Rudy Lim, Rommel Agan, Percival Ramos, Rey Candido and Joefel de las Penas and department heads of the city.

By Sheila Covarrubias