DOT VI Turns Over P2.2M to Negros Occidental LGUs

Dept. of Tourism 6 Regional Director, Atty. Helen J. Catalbas (4th from right) with the representatives of various Negros Occidental LGUs who received GPB checks for tourism projects. In photo are (r-l) SP Member Karen Aguirre of La Carlota City, Provincial Tourism Officer Cristine Mansinares, Fatima Daiz of the DILG-Negros Occ., Federico Infante of Pulupandan, Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinobaan, Mayor Mario Magno of San Enrique, Vice Mayor Santiago Maravillas of Escalante City, Nancy Pestaño, and Atty. John Orola. /Capitol photo

Regional Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas of the Department of Tourism turned over checks worth P2.2 million to the cities of Escalante, Sagay, La Carlota and Sipalay, and the towns of Hinobaan, Pulupandan and San Enrique, intended for tourism projects at O Hotel in Bacolod City, yesterday.

According to Dir. Catalbas, local government units included in the 2014 list of Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) projects, are given the first tranche of their project’s total cost.

The cities and municipalities were asked to submit and comply with the necessary documents based on their requirements for the release of the budget for project implementation, including skills training, production of promotional materials, infrastructure, among others.

Escalante City received P280,000 for its Sustainable Tourism Development and Promotion; La Carlota City received P91,000 for its Skills Training and Production of Promotional Materials; Hinobaan received P416,500 for its Soft Broom Industry Development; Pulupandan received P59,500 for its Tourism Capability Training of Tourist Guides; Sagay City received P392,000 for its Community-Based Training: Tourism and Livelihood Support; San Enrique received P725,000 for its Wellness Center, Improvement of OTOP Center, and Local Tourism Development Project in Brgy. Poblacion and Tabao; and Sipalay City received P298,000 for its Procurement of a 30-seater Pump Boat for Rental Operations of Tourism Packages and Island Hopping. /Capitol News