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2 Towns Launch Eco-Park Projects

The establishment of ecology parks in the towns of San Andres and San Miguel was formally launched last week as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) held out hope that six other municipalities would be able to qualify for similar projects.

DILG assistant regional director Elouisa Pastor told the Tribune that the Agencia Española Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID), through Technical Cooperation Office program officer Gonzalo Serrano, had assured that the Spanish agency would stay longer beyond the Dec. 31, 2011 termination. This guarantees that the towns of Pandan, Bagamanoc, Panganiban, Viga, Bato, and Gigmoto has a chance to avail of the multi-million peso grants for environmental management projects under the Strengthening Local Governments in the Philippines (SLGP) program of the DILG.

In lauding the two recipient towns for their efforts, DILG Regional Director Blandino Maceda said that the two projects are proof of how local government executi…

Linking Cultures: UNWTO launches World Tourism Day 2011

World Tourism Day 2011 will be celebrated under the theme Tourism – Linking Cultures, an opportunity to highlight tourism’s role in bringing the cultures of the world together and promoting global understanding through travel (27 September 2011). The message on this World Tourism Day is that, thanks to tourism, millions of people from different cultures are being brought together around the world like never before, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. This interaction between people of different backgrounds and ways of life represents an enormous opportunity to advance tolerance, respect and mutual understanding. In 2010, 940 million tourists travelled to a different country, coming into direct contact with tangible – art, monuments – and intangible – music, food, traditions – culture. World Tourism Day 2011 is a celebration of this unique interaction and aims at furthering understanding of the values of cultural diversity. World Tourism Day 2011 will also draw attenti…