The LEAD Movement, being a tourism stakeholder in the province, gets invited to the First Public Consultation on the Metro Ilocos Norte Tourism Master Plan.

The invitation by Hon. Imee Marcos, Governor of the Province of Ilocos Norte, reads:

In connection to the formulation of the Metro Ilocos Norte Tourism Master Plan, encompassing initially the Cities of Laoag and Batac and the  Municipalities of San Nicolas, Paoay and Currimao including infra-support facilities and major establishments therein, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, in coordination with the Palafox Associates will conduct the First Public Consultation on the Metro Ilocos Norte Tourism Master Plan on Monday, 23 August 2010, at 9:00 A.M., at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium, Laoag City.

In this regard, we are inviting you, including your municipal Tourism Officer, City/Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, City/Municipal Engineers for the mayors, to attend said Public Consultation. Your inputs during the Consultation will help achieve a realizable and workable Tourism Master Plan for Metro Ilocos Norte.

Your attendance is highly appreciated.”

Part of the proposed Metro Ilocos Norte Master Tourism Master Plan

Arch. Felino “Jun Palafox, Jr. of the Palafox Associates. Sir Jun was born in Batac and raised in Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.

Urban and environment planner Miss Karmi Palafox, Project Manager, and EnP Paolo Fresnoza of Palafox Associates

Hon. Imee R. Marcos, Governor of the Province of Ilocos Norte, and Arch. Jun Palafox

Gov. Imee Marcos and Arch. Jun Palafox with the members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan and the mayors of the different Municipalities of Ilocos Norte in attendance

Workshop 1: Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) Analysis

Workshop 2: Visioning Workshop

Presentation of group outputs

For the series of workshops, the attendees are divided into smaller groups; grouping is by tables. LEAD works with the Pasuquin-Burgos-Pagudpud cluster.

In the SWOT Analysis Workshop, strengths that get included are our natural heritage consisting of pristine beaches, primary forests, vast agricultural lands and long stretches of coastline and a rich cultural heritage. Some of the weaknesses that get mentioned are lack of facilities, uncooperation, old-fashioned mentality, unwillingness to accept change, tunnel vision, etc. Among the opportunities, the usual more income and employment in the province, more investors coming in, progress, etc. Political will, oppositions, un-eco-friendly practices like slash and burn farming, illegal timber poaching, blast fishing and others are mentioned under threats.

In the Visioning Workshop, draftsman Leo Doctor of the Planning and Development Office of the LGU of Pasuquin expertly puts into drawing the vision of the group — to be a model ecotourism destination in the Philippines sustained by the cooperation of all sectors and the judicious use of the natural resources of the Philippines. The poster makes the Top 3 in the contest wherein no less than Gov. Imee Marcos and Arch. Jun Palafox are the judges. The Laoag group comes in first.

The workshoppers

LEADers Benny Arce and Tina Tan in a photo op with Gov. Imee Marcos and Arch. Jun Palafox

In Arch. Jun Palafox’s presentation, entitled “Development Principles, Design Concepts, Best practices for tourism around the world, Potential Tourist Attractions”, he points out, “Ilocos Norte has more natural resources than some countries, but we seem to take it for granted.”

He adds, “Ilocos Norte can be the North Gateway of the Philippines.”

It’s great working with other stakeholders in the province for the province in an initiative by Gov. Imee Marcos under the guidance of world-renowned Palafox Associates, a trail blazer in Green Architecture and the same architectural firm that redesigned the State of Brunei Darussalam.”

As Gov. Imee says, “Simula pa lamang ito [This is just the beginning].”

More about the Initial Public Consultation and Workshop on the Metro Ilocos Norte Tourism Master Plan on BlauEarth’s Blog
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