Suroy suroy ordinance tabled, mayors lukewarm?

Posted on July 3, 2012


THE Cebu Provincial Board deferred yesterday the passage of an ordinance institutionalizing the Suroy suroy tourism program, a pet project of the governor.

The sponsor, PB Member Arleigh Sitoy said he already called two public hearings after the ordinance was passed on first reading but that they yielded few responses from the mayors.

His staff e-mailed copies of the measure to try to draw comments but only ten mayors responded, said Sitoy.

Cebu province has 45 municipalities and eight component cities.

PB Member Wilfredo Caminero said the number of mayors who responded is not enough to convince the board that extensive consultation was made for the ordinance that would make permanent the Suroy Suroy sa Sugbo, the flagship tourism program of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who is ending her third and final term in the Capitol.

Caminero said the program’s “success” would depend on the mayors’ participation.”

PB Member Thadeo Ouano asked if Sitoy could show concrete figures of how Cebu province’s rural tourism program which brings visitors to the countryside as destinations for culture and heritage and promotes “pride of place” has “economically” helped the host towns and cities.

Ouano said he wants to know the figures since “some mayors are not amenable to it because of expenses”.
Sitoy assured that he and his staff will research on this and present it next week.

The ordinance is pending approval on second reading.
The PB yesterday held its session in Boljoon town, south of the province. /Carmel Loise Matus, Correspondent

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