IN, Cam Sur forge sisterhood ties
The provinces of Ilocos Norte and Camarines Sur have finally forged sisterhood ties, a development expected to boost the tourism potentials of the former.
Aware of the enormous potential of the two provinces, given such dynamic and highly educated people and rich natural resources, which could propel both provinces into economic prosperity if properly harnessed, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos and Gov. L Ray Villafuerte of Camarines Sur formally established sisterhood relationship last September 11 this year.
According to Marcos, Cam Sur since rising from being unknown in tourism industry to being currently the premier tourist destination in the country has among its assets an extraordinary wealth of know-how, familiarity, and expertise concerning tourism development and promotion.
“The sisterhood ties with Cam Sur will be beneficial to us, especially in promoting our province as an eco-tourism destination,” Marcos said.
On a scheduled visit around Ilocos Norte, Gov. Villafuerte and party were toured in La Paz Sand Dunes, Paoay Lake National Park, Bangui Windmills and Pagudpud. Among the tourist spots, Villafuerte expressed interests of adopting the renewable energy produced by the Bangui Windmills which according to him, the windmills apart from being a prime tourist destination in the North is also beneficial to the Ilocanos because of the energy it produces.
“Our province is undertaking to develop our own wind energy resources in addition to our initial solar energy development program, and Ilocos Norte being a pioneer in the development of renewable energy in South East Asia with its windmills in Bangui, I believe this province will help us a lot in our efforts to establish the same.” Villafuerte added.
In her bid to make Ilocos Norte a world-class tourist destination like Cam Sur, Gov. Marcos on the other hand, is set to make the Paoay Lake National Park Development Plan a reality.
“Cam Sur is known for its water sports complex which hosted the international event ‘Ironman Philippines’ recently, and I intend to seek the expertise of Gov. Villafuerte for the development of Paoay Lake as a center for wakeboarding, wakeskating, and other water sports where we can also host big events such as ‘Ironman’,” Marcos stressed.
Relative to this, both provinces has expressed to share resources through an agreed mechanism of exchange, transfer, and sharing that encompasses tourism, trade and investment, and green technology in order to promote socio-economic and cultural development for the two provinces. (Florante A. Nicolas-CMO)