Incoming Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco underscored the importance of national and local government cooperation to stimulate the growth and recovery of the sector and the whole of economy.
Frasco, speaking during her welcome ceremonies Monday organized the Department of Tourism staff, said the inclusivity of all local government units to the overall tourism plan would help uplift the economic status of all municipalities, cities and provinces and the nation as a whole.
“It is this inclusive, sustainable, innovative and collaborative tourism governance that I intend to bring to the Department of Tourism,” she said.
“From our experience in Cebu, there is a theoretical notion of the importance of national and local government cooperation. There is the mandated importance by the local government code requiring prior coordination between the national and the local government,” she said.
Frasco is bringing with her the perspective of valuing the input of local government units in the crafting of national policy, “considering that the policies that are crafted nationally will be implemented by the local government units on the ground.”