Davao City wins “Tourism Hub” award
Davao City won the “Tourism Hub Award” during The Manila Times’ Philippine Model Cities Forum and Awards held Thursday last week at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila.
Marco Polo Davao General Manager Dottie Wurgler-Cronin received the award in behalf of the city. Wurgler-Cronin turned over the proof of recognition to the city government during yesterday’s flag raising rites.
Based on the citation, Davao City won the Tourism Hub Award for its commendable business and leisure tourism environment.
“We would like to thank the Manila Times Board of Directors for the award,” City Administrator Zuleika Lopez said.
Lopez said such award is not given to a particular city overnight as it entails a lot of preparation and documentation.
She commended the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), headed by Ivan Cortez, for preparing the documentation requirements – not only for the award but also every time the city bids for a recognition.
Lopez also commended the City Information Office for providing the necessary visuals and documentation for the award. She said all the departments have contributed to the awards received by the city.
Several cities were also recipient of various awards during the Manila Times event, including Bacolod City – which was named the Top Model City. The other winners are Sta. Rosa City-Safe Haven Award for peace and order; Batangas City-Environment Friendly Award; San Fernando City, Pampanga-Business Friendly Award; Tagaytay City-Retirement haven Award and Paranaque City-Education Hub Award.
Quezon City was recognized for its Programs for Youth Development and Empowerment, while Zamboanga City was recognized for its Programs for Health and Elderly. These cities also received awards: Naga City-Livelihood and Employment Haven Award, General Santos City-Road Home Award, Laoag City-Emergency and Disaster Management Award
Manila Times President and Chief Executive Officer Dante Francis Ang said the awards “aim to recognize effective and innovative local governance that improves the quality of life, make local business environments friendlier, and overall, makes this country a great place to live in.” CIO