The Dumaguete Sangguniang Panlungsod approved on third and final reading Wednesday an amendatory ordinance on the composition of the Dumaguete City Tourism Council.
Ordinance No. 87, series of 2005, was amended, with Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria as chairman of the tourism council, instead of Councilor Lilani Ramon, the chair of the SP Committee on Tourism.
Councilor Antonio Remollo, who voted against the proposal, said there was no problem with the previous set-up, and said he was surprised by the sudden amendment.
Councilor Manny Arbon, who was also against the proposal, suggested that the mayor appoint a member from the private sector, especially from the Negros Oriental Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Association, as vice chairman, in lieu of the city tourism officer as proposed.
Ramon refused to accept the post of vice chair.
Those who voted in favor were councilors Franklin Esmena Jr., Jose Victor Imbo, Nilo Sayson, Peter Catan, Nelson Patrimonio and Ramon.
Almost 30 members of the tourism council also endorsed the amendatory ordinance.
City Tourism officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said that ideally, the council should be chaired by the chief executive, and co-chaired by a representative from the private sector. This was also the suggestion of Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr., who attended the World Tourism Day celebration in Dumaguete Saturday.
He said that in Cebu and Bohol, the Provincial Tourism Council is headed by the governor, and the vice chair comes, from the academe, business, or non-government organization.*JG
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