February 9, 2023

The Summer Capital has another feather in its cap of achievements in the form of being an ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard 2020-2022 awardee. 
Councilor Elaine Sembrano presented the award to Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, and other councilors in Monday’s flag-raising rites at City Hall.
Sembrano, city council committee on tourism chair, said she received the award on behalf of the city in Brunei last Jan. 16 from Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in the presence of ASEAN tourism ministers.
Other recipients of the prestigious award from the country are the cities of Iloilo and San Carlos in Negros Occidental.
The award aims to aid in improving the quality of tourism in the cities that will receive the stamp of approval, increase their marketing competitiveness, and improve the situation of residents and their livelihood.
It also highlights the importance of preserving the environment by responding to the impacts of climate change and contributing to the sustainable development of ASEAN cities.
To determine which cities fit the Clean Tourist City Standard, cities from ASEAN member-countries are evaluated based on the following indicators: environmental management, cleanliness; waste management; awareness-building about environmental protection and cleanliness; green spaces; health safety, urban safety and security; tourism infrastructure and facilities. – Gaby Keith