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New San Fernando tourism council sets new goals
By: Miriam P. Aquino
Thursday 25th of July 2013
SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 25 (PIA) -- The city government has reorganized its tourism council to bolster its hold of San Fernando as a key city in the Ilocos by 2020.

The reorganization will also strengthen partnership between the public and private sectors which will both work on improving the city’s tourism promotions said Tourism and Industry Officer Anne Hazel Flores.

Flores said that based on the City Executive Order No. 29-2010, the council, composed mostly of government and civil society organizations, is tasked to formulate programs that will promote domestic tourism, develop tourism facilities and infrastructure, and assist in the regulation and supervision of tourism activities.

With the restructured council, it will act as a consultative body and coordinating arm of the city in all matters affecting the tourism industry.

Leading the council is the city mayor as the honorary chairman with department or division heads as honorary and associate members and the City Information and Tourism Office as secretariat.

Newly elected council officers were: Xavier Mercado of Halo-Halo de Iloko as chairman, Pastor Brennus Paragas - vice-chair, Jamie Dangle of LORMA – secretary, Chowking’s Gemma Balanon – asst. secretary, LJ Rosales of Sea and Sky College and Airwind Bautista of Feel Good Spa as treasurer and asst. treasurer, respectively, and Arlene Dejos , Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-Mid La Union Campus – auditor.

Council members include different hotels, resorts, restaurants, and tourism-concerned establishments. (MCA/MPA/PIA1, La Union)
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