The Provincial Tourism Office is encouraging small farmers of Negros Occidental to go into the farm tourism industry as it can provide them opportunities to earn bigger profits, CristineMansinares, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer, said yesterday.
Mansinares said going into farm tourism can give them additional income while promoting good farming practices, especially organic farming which is a flagship program of the province.
Around 50 farm owners, officials of agriculture and veterinary agencies and tourism officers from local government units in Negros Occidental attended the first Farm Tourism Orientation held at the Social Hall, of the Capitol Building in Bacolod City yesterday, as one of the initiatives of her office to increase the number of farm tourism sites in the province, Mansinares said.
Demand letters served
on Manokan occupants
Bacolod City Treasurer Giovannie Balalilhe said yesterday that they have already sent demand letters to occupants of the Manokan Country in Bacolod City asking them to settle their unpaid accounts with the city.
Balalilhe said only a few stall owners have paid their arrearages. Out of the 26 occupants, 18 have delinquencies amounting to P6.8 million as of May 31.
There are those whose have not paid their arrearages for 15 years,so theyhave reached P500,000, he said.
More tourists expected
with new airport
Tourist arrivals are seen in south Negros after the new airport in Sipalay City opened and has started commercial flights from Cebu and Iloilo provinces, CristineMansinares, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer, said yesterday.
Mansinares said these commercial flights will help to gradually increase tourist visits in Sipalay but the airstrip still needs more renovations to accommodate more flights.
There are about 40 resorts in Sipalay and in Cauayan town in Negros Occidental.