Usec Boncato commits Ibong Dayo Festival to international market

Usec Boncato commits Ibong Dayo Festival to international market

Usec Boncato commits Ibong Dayo Festival to international market

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BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato, Jr. in his message during the Ibong Dayo festival held last week at the Wetland and Nature Park in this city expressed his amazement on how the youth of Balanga City were trained as they fluently recited the “Panunumpa sa Kalikasan”, which he said indicates that the youth are well guided in minding the value of the environment.
Boncato mentioned the major accomplishments of the Department of Tourism under the leadership of Secretary Berna Puyat, starting with the major thrust of the DOT in creating a culture of sustainable tourism, just what they did in Boracay island, which he said, seems to be a miracle after its makeover.
He also said that, the Ibong Dayo Festival of Balanga City on its 9th year, is a living testimony that even before a major tragic incident could happen, just like in Boracay, the local government headed by City Mayor Francis Garcia is preserving the environment. One way is the protection and re-greening of the wetland here in Balanga City which obviously is a concerted effort of the community.
The Undersecretaty also narrated that as they toured the major tourist destinations in the country, their first step was to talk with the LGU’s and really engaged with the officials to enforce the laws and ordinances especially in relation to the environment like the Clean Air Act, Water Code, No Smoking and Littering.
Usec Boncato also said that they will include the Ibong Dayo Festival as a very good convergence of all sectors, associations and communities in protecting the environment thus by next year, the Dept.of Tourism will introduce the Ibong Dayo Festival to all markets and even be known in international markets.
Lastly he said that with the arrival of nine thousand migratory birds in Balanga City, one can sleep at night with the thought that our environment is in good condition.

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