MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed four laws declaring new tourist destinations, three of which are in Ilocos Sur.

Copies of the documents, signed on August 22, were released August 29.

Duterte declared Candon city ecotourism zone in Candon City, Ilocos Sur a tourist destination through Republic Act 11407.

He also signed RA 11409, declaring Pinsal Falls in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur a tourist destination.

Santiago Cove in Santiago, Ilocos Sur was also declared as another tourist destination i the province under RA 11408.

Meanwhile, the president signed RA 11406 declaring Mount Bulaylay in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija a tourist destination.

The signed laws state that the Department of Tourism (DOT), in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways and other concerned government agencies, will be tasked to prepare a tourism development plan “involving the construction, installation, and maintenance of appropriate facilities and infrastructure” in the aforementioned destinations.

These facilities and infrastructure must “improve the overall feature of the area” to ensure accessibility for, and security of, tourists.

The development plan must also ensure the preservation and conservation of the historic significance of the tourist spots.

Furthermore, any activities and developments to be carried out in the area should conform to the concept of ecotourism as provided in the National Ecotourism Strategy jointly issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the DOT.

The tourism department and its concerned attached agencies are tasked to take immediate steps to implement the tourism development plan and incorporate the same in the National Tourism Development Plan. (with reports from PNA)

Photo from Robinson Niñal Jr./Presidential Photo/Manila Bulletin

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