THE Pangasinan Tourism Council (PTC) has been revived and reorganized by Gov. Amado Espino Jr. to draw up and implement a coordinated tourism program around the province.
Espino said the reorganization, undertaken by virtue of the governor’s Executive Order No.0143-2011, is necessary after most of the council’s members have vacated their positions or no longer represent the component offices or organizations included in the Provincial Tourism Board, that was created under Executive Order No.0094-07-2007.
The PTC is tasked to set up a sustainable tourism program for Pangasinan with the participation of local government units and industry players from the private sector.
Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin Lim, who once served as general manager of Duty Free Philippines, has been appointed vice-chairman of the council.
“We need to improve the services one particular area can offer. Even if you have a beautiful site, but road access is not suitable or even unavailable, tapos wala pang facilities, it will not attract local and foreign tourists. These are the things we need to carefully study, so that we could prepare a package for Pangasinan as a major tourist destination,” Lim said. (with report from CIO)