April 23, 2024

Local government units in the Cordillera are encouraged to participate in the Tourism Champions Challenge (TCC) initiated by the Department of Tourism.
The DOT-Cordillera encouraged the region’s tourism offices to submit project proposals for the initiative that aims to incentivize tourism development in cities and municipalities.
The DOT-Cordillera, in its Facebook account, echoed the call of Sec. Christina Garcia Frasco for LGUs to join the challenge in which they are encouraged to come up with tourism-related projects that support growth in their respective areas while helping the national economy.
Through the TCC, the DOT will provide technical assistance and funds for the implementation of tourism project proposals.
The DOT has allotted P180 million through the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) to be used to reward LGUs that can come up with quality project proposals.
“By improving local competencies with the guidance of the DOT and support from Tieza, the TCC is envisioned to produce excellent and notable tourism projects, incorporating sustainable, inclusive, and resilient strategies,” the DOT said.
Each island region of the country will have LGU representatives that will receive prizes for the first to fifth place winners.
The LGUs with the best proposal will get P20M, while the second-place winners will receive P15M.
Third-place winners will receive P10M, fourth-place winners will get P8M and fifth-place winners will be given P7M.
The DOT said the TCC presents a significant opportunity for LGUs to promote their areas as tourist destinations and contribute to the overall growth of the country’s tourism industry.
“The TCC is expected to be a game-changer for the Philippine tourism industry and provide LGUs with a platform to showcase their tourism potential,” it added.
The challenge comes in five phases. The first phase involves the call for and submission of project proposals that will end on June 15. Announcement of the 15 selected proposals is expected on the last week of July.
The second phase will be capacity building followed by the presentation, ranking, and awarding of the proposals.
The fourth phase will involve the signing of memorandum of agreement and implementation of the tourism project while the last phase will be the inauguration and turn over. – Jane B. Cadalig