The province of Guimaras is optimistic that its community-based rural tourism livelihood program will help boost its local tourism and economy.
Guimaras Governor Felipe Hilan A. Nava said that community-based rural tourism (CBRT) projects all over the island-province will boost the tourism industry.
Mango Trees in Guimaras
The CBRT will definitely increase the income of the community as well as its locales, said the governor. Gov. Nava said that among the CBRT projects in the province include the eco-park village in barangay Dagsa-an, Buenavista.
The Dagsaan eco-park village is best for mountain trekking, target shooting, organic gardening and rappelling which hopes to lure foreign sports enthusiasts.
Residents in this barangay also acts as tour guide, said Nava. Most of them were also trained on culinary arts and food processing so as to sustain their livelihood projects.
Another CBRT project is in barangay Sapal in the town of San Lorenzo. The community here is famous for its mat weaving industry. It includes weaved bags, slippers, hats, cell phone holders that were made of indigenous materials found in the barangay.
These weaved products have already penetrated the national market and are being marketed by small and medium enterprises in Manila, Cebu and in other product showcases.
Likewise, the province boasts of its CBRT project in barangay Rizal, Buenavista. The community is the yacht and galleon industry center in the region.
Residents here are trained by their forefathers in sculpting and designing old-school galleon ships made of driftwood and other indigenous materials. The provincial government currently eyes the export potentials of these galleons, the governor said.
Governor Nava said that the local governments here are currently expending its CBRT projects. He hoped that all the five municipalities will have developed the local industries of its communities considering the various funding and support it receives from the provincial government.
He stressed that CBRT projects act as alternative source for fisher folks and farmers in Guimaras.