On the sidelines of the first ever Mindanao Tourism Convergence on Wednesday (May 31), Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco also met with Mindanao Community-Based Tourism Organization (CBTO) members in Zamboanga City for a formal turnover of livelihood assistance worth P200,000 to the Sta. Cruz People’s Organization, the group managing Sta. Cruz Island, the famed protected area known to many as Zamboanga’s Pink Sand Beach.
“Nandito po kaming lahat nakikiisa sainyo sa pagbangon ng turismo sa Zamboanga Peninsula,” the Secretary said.
“Sana po sa pamamagitan ng project po na ito ay mas lumago pa yung inyong tourism destinations and your tourism offerings, knowing that additional boats can surely cater to the multitudes of tourists that are now visiting the island and trainings in terms of the Filipino brand of service excellence, can also elevate the quality of services that we give to our tourists,” she enthusiastically added.
She also handed tour guiding kits to some accredited tour guides in the province.
“Para din sa ating mga tour guides, napaka-importante po ng trabaho niyo kasi sa pamamagitan ng tour guiding, nabibigyan natin ng story yung ating mga tourist destinations. Our tour guides tell the Filipino story and that is why we are also here to give our assistance to our tour guides by giving you the things that you may need in order to do your job as efficiently and creatively as possible,” she said.