The Bicol Regional Tourism Committee (BRTC) held its first quarter meeting on February 1 (Monday) at NEDA Region 5 in Legazpi City. The BRTC, the organization of which was pioneered by the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC), is a special committee tasked to provide policy direction to create synergy in tourism development through the combined efforts and resources of stakeholders. The BRTC spearheaded the preparation of the tourism area development plans (ADPs) for the Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon (AlMaSor) alliance and Triple C (Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes) circuit. The AlMaSor ADP, the first tourism ADP that was completed in the country, was approved by the Bicol RDC in 2014. The Triple C ADP was approved by the Bicol RDC in 2015.
During the meeting, the BRTC approved its work program for CY 2016, which includes an assessment of the AlMaSor and Triple C tourism ADPs, a learning visit to Triple C areas, project development training for the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon, and updating of the investment plans of the AlMaSor and Triple C tourism areas. In said meeting, the consultants from the United States Agency for International Development solicited inputs for the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2017-2022. The USAID consultants were interested on the organization of the AlMaSor and Triple C tourism alliances, the crafting of ADPs for the tourism areas, and the extent to which they will contribute to the NTDP’s goals of improving competitiveness, ensuring sustainability, and promoting inclusivity.
The Department of Tourism regional director chairs the BRTC, the NEDA regional director is the vice-chairperson, and its members include representatives from local government units, private sector, civil society groups, and concerned agencies.