August 10, 2022
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August 10, 2022
The City Government of Isabela de Basilan led by City Mayor Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman through the Office of the Isabela City Tourism Office led by City Tourism Officer Claudio Ramos II hosted the PAGPAKESEG –an activity that saw the turnover of startup kits and paraphernalia to all tourism stakeholders who participated in the series of trainings as part of the Tourism Short Courses As Opportunities for People Empowerment (TSCOPE) project of the LGU of Isabela de Basilan which was made possible thru the funding support of the Department of Tourism.
Held at the Isabela City Infirmary Multipurpose Hall on August 09, no less than DOT IX Regional Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez led the rites. Joining her was Senior Tourism Operations IX Charles Anthony Rotoni.
Isabela City Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman, Vice Mayor Kifli Salliman and Councilor Karel Annjaiza Sakkalahul (Chair, Committee on Tourism and Beautification) were also present to lend their support for the objectives of TSCOPE.
Mayor Turabin-Hataman extended her utmost appreciation to the Department of Tourism for all the support it has extended to Isabela de Basilan’s tourism programs and highlighted how tourism can improve grassroot economy. Meanwhile, RD Rodriguez assured that DOT will always rally its support to Isabela City as the agency saw how the LGU puts premium to tourism as a product. She also mentioned the upcoming projects which will include highlighting the diving potential of the city.
Also present were representatives from the provincial tourism office headed by Provincial Tourism Officer Shaheena Asama, Lamitan City Tourism Office, Lantawan Municipality Tourism Office, Sumisip Municipality Tourism Office, barangay heads, media personnel, and representatives from different food establishments, resorts and hotels and community based eco-tourism organizations.
More than 500 beneficiaries received tourism start up kits and paraphernalia which will enable and better the services to all our guests and vistors. The amount of P4.45 million was downloaded to the City of Isabela through a project proposal submitted to DOT. The city is the only who submitted and is the lone recipient of this project in the whole of the Zamboanga Peninsula region.
Lastly, these startup kits and paraphernalia are all in line with our commitment to support grassroot tourism stakeholders as we slowly open our shores to tourism.