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Sotto to back Leyte and Samar’s tourism potentials

By Provincial Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
April 22, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Team Unity's senatorial bet Vicente “Tito” Sotto III recognized the need for more tourism development and peace and order in the whole Eastern Visayas as part of the tourism center of the country's Super and Mega regions.

The Eastern Visayas region is one of the component of the Central Philippines Super region cluster which is envisioned as the tourism center of the Philippines.

The three-time former senator declared during Team Unity's campaign trail in Samar island the region as a whole possess a lot of potentials for tourism to flourish however it is of vital importance first to establish a peaceful and orderly environment before any tourist and investors alike can be convinced to come.

“I was only here for a short time however I see that in terms of tourism, both Samar and Leyte island have a lot to give to the tourism industry in the country,” Sotto said during an interview with the local media.

According to Sotto, he filed a lot of bills during his three term stint in the Senate that promotes tourism growth and development in the country when then he chaired the Senate Committee on Local Government and Tourism.

He particularly pushed for the establishment of tourist zones in our country, considered vital to the development of our tourism industry based on international standards.

Sotto added that when installed back in the Senate through the May 14 polls, he would again push for the development of countryside tourism but first emphasizing on peace and stability to assure a stable tourism industry.

“Mahirap mag-convince ng mga investors and tourists kung yung mga daanan mahirap pa rin, yung peace and order hindi pa masyadong stable. Tutukan muna natin yun and that's what we will work out on,” Sotto said.

A vibrant tourism in the area would also redound to job creation and economic growth among the constituents of the Eastern Visayas region, he added.

Meanwhile, it is known that the senatorial aspirant is an advocate for a drug-free Philippines, for a more efficient local government, for a modern information technology, and for a well-represented citizenry in government. In his last term as senator which was during the 12th Congress, he filed one hundred and twenty six Senate Bills and two Senate Resolutions.

Sotto was among Team Unity's senatorial bets who conducted a hectic, one day campaign sortie in Catbalogan and Calbayog in Western Samar, Catarman in Northern Samar and Borongan in Eastern Samar recently.