DOT inspects CatSU’s unique “Edu-Eco Tourism’ projectAdministration
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In an effort to transform the tourism sector in Catanduanes, the Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Office V carried out an extensive evaluation of Catanduanes State University (CatSU) Edu-Eco Tourism Project on September 24, 2023.
The visit was related to CatSU's pursuit of DOT accreditation in the Farm Tourism Camp – Day Camp category for its unique Edu-Eco Tourism Project, distinguishing it as an educational tourism destination.
Positioned to reshape tourism in Catanduanes, the project places a strong emphasis on education and sustainability, making it as its defining feature.
“Dito inaasahang matuto tungkol sa modern agriculture (Aquaponics, Hydroponics at Aeroponocs), abaca innovation, abaca wine making, solar farming, livestock industry, latest technologies na gamit sa CATSU habang sila ay nageenjoy mamasyal sa Isla,” CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza said, highlighting the project’s uniqueness and commitment to impart knowledge and showcase sustainable practices.
“Kasama sa mapapasyalan sa CATSU ang Catandungan Heritage at Sentro ng Wikang Filipino na tampok ang ilang display at impormasyon hinggil sa history and culture ng Catanduanes kasama ang mga aklat at obra ng mga manunulat at alagad ng sining na mula sa isla. Isa sa mga rare items na nakadisplay ay ang Bicolano translation ng Noli Me Tangere ni Jose Rizal,” the President furthered.
Led by Rommel A. Natanauan, Chief Tourism Operations Officer and Antonio M. Imperial, Tourism Operations Officer II, the DOT inspection team arrived at CatSU with keen interest.
The inspection team from DOT V Office of Tourism Standards and Operations saw CatSU’s potential to enhance tourism in Catanduanes significantly with its educational and sustainable tourism initiatives.
"Buong pusong sinusuportahan namin ang proyektong CatSU Edu-Eco Tourism, dahil ito ay may malaking potensyal na magpataas ng turismo sa Catanduanes. Ang Department of Tourism Regional Office 5 ay nakikiisa sa inisyatibang ito at umaasa sa tagumpay nito," said the team.
CatSU's Edu-Eco Tourism Project not only seeks to boost tourism but also aims to inspire visitors with its blend of education and sustainability while simultaneously creating job prospects for the local community.
“Sa CATSU Edu-Eco Tourism Project inaasahang may dagdag na kikitain ang mga taga-Isla dahil tataas ang bilang ng turista sa isla.” Dr. Azanza said, highlighting the employment opportunities for the islanders, one key aspect of his ‘Padagos na Patanos Movement’. #ATugay