Thursday, February 17, 2011

South Cotabato town pushes eco-tourism

Posted on February 13, 2011 10:49:43 PM

http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?title=South%20Cotabato%20town%20pushes%20eco-tourism&id=26279

Author: (LOP) BusinessWorld On Line / Manila Philippines

KORONADAL CITY -- The town of Tupi will team up with the regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to strengthen its eco-tourism program and maximize the potential of its fruit trade.


Ernesto C. Casiple, provincial officer of DTI’s Rural Micro-Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP), said in a statement that the town’s fruit vendors will undergo training and will be organized for the South Cotabato Fruit Park project.

The initiative is designed to help the municipality in its bid to be Central Mindanao’s fruit basket.

Mr. Casiple said DTI has been providing promotion support and business development training, and will leave the overall management of the project to the local government.

Tupi Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. said in the same statement that he expects the initiative to develop both the town’s fruit production and tourism potentials.

Mr. Casiple said 25 fresh fruit vendors have participated in a recent training on food safety and fresh fruit handling.

RuMEPP expects these training sessions to boost fruit vendors’ income as well as promote the ‘Proudly South Cotabato’ brand of fresh and processed food.

The planned fruit park is also part of the eco-tourism drive of the town, known for its view of Mount Matutum and pineapple plantations.

Mr. Casiple said the planned park will have complete facilities for visitors, including an eating area for families, a sizeable parking space and clean rest rooms.

It is also expected to help address the problem of fruit vendors setting up their stalls on the town’s sidewalks.

The same statement quoted Trade and Industry director Flora P. Gabunales as saying vendors in the park will sell not only fresh fruits but processed fruits as well. -- LOP












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