Original ordinance was passed 15 years ago
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) recently passed an ordinance calling for Mayor Evelio Leonardia to implement City Ordinance No. 370, which establishes a city tourism board. The local legislative body deemed policy “necessary” as a means of making the city’s tourist attractions “globally-competitive.”
The original ordinance, which was passed on June 24, 2004, sought “the efficient and effective operations and maintenance of tourism-oriented and tourism-related establishments, facilities, and or services based in the city.”
According to City Councilor Israel Salanga, who chairs the SP Committee on Tourism, Bacolod City is home to over 72 tourism-related establishments, along with lodging establishments providing a total of 3,062 rooms.
“There are currently a number of construction [projects for] tourism-related establishments and parks in other parts of the city that may open this year or early next year,” he added./DGB, WDJ