ORMOC CITY: This City was named grand winner for Best Tourism Research during the Pearl Awards of the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines (ATOP) on Friday, October 4, in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
This is the first time that Ormoc is being recognized for its tourism program. Mayor Richard Gomez said the award is proof that one of his priority programs is doing right.
The award-winning research, tourism officer Nelson Alindogan said, is entitled “Ogmok: Developing a Sustainable Tourism Development Plan Using the Stakeholder’s Perspective Approach –The Case of Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines.”
The research was done by Jame Monren Mercado of the UST Graduate School–Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (UST-CCCET). It is based on collaborative work he did with the Ormoc local government unit and the Ormoc Festival and Cultural Foundation (OFCF) on the city’s Tourism Development Plan.
Alindogan said, “Somehow our Tourism Development Plan (TDP) was the one that was acknowledged. Having our own TDP is already a great thing for the city but to even be acknowledged by ATOP as the best one is such a happy bonus.
“The true winners here are the people of Ormoc for they will benefit from the research/Tourism Development Plan,” he added.