Sec Berna swept off her feet…by Laguna

Published February 13, 2021, 12:49 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat sounded like a woman in love with the way that she described and endorsed Laguna as a cultural and ecotourism destination for local tourists.

(Photo from DOT)

“Laguna is the great outdoors we are looking for near Metro Manila. It’s rich in natural resources and cultural tourism products that most domestic travelers have been wanting to experience again since the community quarantine started almost a year now,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

“I am here to spread the word that it is safe to come here. There’s so much to do,” she claimed.

Puyat, fresh from her visit to Laguna earlier this week, said elevating the cultural tourism and ecotourism sites in the province this “new normal” will boost domestic travel even in the middle of a health crisis.

Puyat added that the department will continue to promote Laguna as a “safe and sustainable” tourist destination ahead of the launch of the Green Corridor Initiative (GCI), a flagship domestic tourism program of the DoT regional office in Calabarzon.

During her visit, Puyat evaluated the proposed tourism circuit and activities under the GCI which include the Tayak Nature, Adventure and Wildlife (TANAW) Park in Rizal; espasol-making demonstration in Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery; and the uraro and shoe-making demonstration at the White House in Liliw.

“TANAW Park is now one of the leading tourist sites in the municipality of Rizal. I am also happy to share that it is an approved ecotourism site under the Regional Ecotourism Committee. Little did we know, there are still a lot of sites and products waiting to be discovered in Laguna such as the museum in Nagcarlan and the tsinelas (slippers) production site, among others,” she emphasized.

“All these and more provide a sense of belongingness and pride for the host communities and a genuine travel experience to tourists now more than ever,” Puyat added.

According to Puyat, tours and activities under the GCI could be flexible, as long as the tourist attractions within Rizal, Nagcarlan, Liliw, and San Pablo City are registered under the DOT and with the respective local government units.