MATUGUINAO, Samar- The mayor of this town is pushing their tourism assets as a way to change its image from being unfairly branded as a haven of insurgency of the province.
The launching of the tourism program will be on February 28 although activities related started on Monday (Jan.27).
The Monday’s activity showcase the ‘pinakamarasa nga karan-un’,’pinakamabaysay nga handum,’’pinakamarasa nga sura’, and ‘simbolo san atun turismo.’
Winners are to receive cash prizes.
“We want people from outside our town to know us deeply through our foods and products. That whenever they visit our town and experience what we can offer, they will say that this is uniquely Matuguinao,” Mayor Boller said.
Aside from foods and handicraft, Mayor Boller said that they also have natural attractions like the Sulpan Cave and Cathedral Cave and a number of waterfalls.
However, this campaign to promote tourism will not succeed if insurgency and criminality continues to thrive in their town, the town mayor said.
“How can we push for tourism if there’s still presence of New People’s Army. How can we develop this town if insurgency and criminality still here?” Mayor Boller asked.
The mayor earlier said that out of the town’s 20 barangays, five of them have still presence of rebel members, namely, Carolina, San Roque, Ligaya, Inubod, Del Rosario, and Rizal.(ROEL T.AMAZONA)