Tourism is Camiguin’s one town one product

Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo signed recently Executive Order No. 22, declaring the tourism industry , including all its allied support products and services as the provincial One-Town, One Product (OTOP) of Camiguin.

The scope and coverage of this EO applies to any person or entity engaged in the business of sale or distribution of any consumer products and services, particularly for food, accommodation, transportation and other allied support products and services which local or foreign tourists may wish to avail of.

This new development is a breaktrough for Camiguin’s economy that could benefit not just the direct tourism service providers but also all the areas and sectors supportive to Camiguin’s tourism industry in terms of the assistance provided by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) OTOP credit Facility.

Earlier, Romualdo announced this plan to push tourism as the provincial OTOP during Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Forum conducted last July by the Department of Trade and Industry in Camiguin in cooperation with the Camiguin Small and Medium enterprises Development Council to highlight the observance of the MSME Week.

OTOP-Philippines is a priority program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo designed to promote entrepreneurship and create jobs.

Specifically, it supports micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to manufacture, offer and market distinctive products and services, through the use of indigenous raw materials and local skills and talents.

Under this program, local government units take the lead in identifying, developing, and promoting a specific product or service which has a competitive advantage.

Overall, OTOP offers a comprehensive package through a convergence of services from local government units, national government agencies, and the private sector.

DBP OTOP Credit Facility is a nationwide funding allocation of P2-billion to implement the DBP-DTI Memorandum of Agreement with the program objectives to support the poverty alleviations efforts of the national government in terms of job and income generation, to sustain DBP’s developmental mandate by encouraging entrepreneurship in the countryside, and to reaffirm the bank’s commitment to be a catalyst for countryside development by empowering the country’s MSMEs through the provision of easy access to credit and technical assistance.

Camiguin’s best products of nature, industries and technologies were featured in the recently concluded Agro-Industrial Trade and Technology Fair at the Camiguin Tourism Center in Barangay Balbagon of the capital town of Mambajao, October 18-26, an annual event organized by the Provincial Government in partnership with the local and national government agencies, academe and the private sector.

This exhibit, dubbed Ugmad 2008, was the core event of the 29th Lanzones Festival. “Ugmad” in the local dialect means “to till or “to cultivate.”

Featured sectors included agriculture, especially lanzones fruits, arts and crafts, fashion accesories, food, furniture, gifts and house wares, organic and natural products in the island.

These were complemented with daily activities, which included the various presentations that highlight tourism, food, local skills and culture of the province through field demonstrations, technical sessions, indigenous games and dances.

The fair was opened by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the guest of honor.

The week-long ground festival of agro-cottage industry products in exhibit also included barangay beautification; indigenous sports; tableau of local culture and a grand parade dedicated to the island’s golden sweet lanzones. Zma Travel / Tourism Gold Star Daily

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