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Albay is finally actualizing its tourism potential both for hosting iconic endowments and for its role as gateway to Bicol’s emerging tourist destinations- witness: arrivals leaping to record high of +109% during the last three months. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda quoting a report from the Department of Tourism (DOT), said tourist arrivals in Albay posted from July to September 62, 280, of whom 27,290 were foreign and 34,990 domestic tourists, a surge that boosts Bicol’s new title as the “third fastest growing tourist destination” of the Philippines.
Albay is emerging as the economic hub in the region as it continuously leads and surpasses its internal revenue collection goal among the six Bicol provinces, the local Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) office said. The BIR report revealed that of the P2.4-billion tax collected for the first semester of this year, P901 million or 37 percent came from Albay, followed by Camarines Sur with P787 million; Camarines Norte – P257 million; Masbate – P197 million; Sorsogon – P180 million and Catanduanes with P103 million.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda will launch a more aggressive and advanced socio-economic program that would make Albay the most liveable province across the country. He vowed to make the province known for having good schools, hospitals and environment. The new socio-economic platform under the program Albay Rising would firmly position the province in the map of the country economic road map for investment and tourism.
Legazpi City — Local government units (LGUs) all over the country look up to Albay as model in the implementation of disaster management and control measures, it was reported here. Many of these LGUs are sending their technical personnel to Albay to study its disaster-management programs and activities. Some local government officials said they are studying Albay’s disaster-preparedness and risk-reduction measures after it was cited by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has unveiled a road map for his province centering on an economic strategy that mobilizes its massive potential for green energy, eco-cultural tourism, modern transport system, productive agriculture, responsive tertiary education and a state of the art medical system.
Albay province was adjudged one of the 10 recipients of the 2008 Galing Pook Award for outstanding Local Governance program for pioneering initiatives in disaster risk management. Albay official entry, the Albay Pubic Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), was recognized as one of the best practices and disaster risk management.