Tacloban City – Department of Tourism Region 8 Director Karina Rosa Tiopes is enthusiastically informed that successful conduct of election of officers of the Eastern Visayas Regional Tourism Council.

The election meeting which was conducted on October 1 at the DOT Region 8 Office was attended by the chairman and representatives of the various provincial, city and capital town tourism councils, tourism oriented organizations and establishments, from all over the Region.

The meeting was also attended by the officials and representatives of the partner government agencies like NEDA, DENR, DPWH, LTO, PNP, PIA and state universities.

Before the election, Director Tiopes oriented the participants on the new Tourism Act of 2009 which highlighted the role of the various stakeholders in the promotion and development of the tourism industry.

Elected as Chairperson of the Council was Mrs. Aurora Villarente who is the chairman of the Leyte Council for Tourism, Culture and Arts.

Manager Glenn Vallecera of the Philippine Airlines was elected as the vice chairman while Ms. Ludette Ruiz of the travel and tours sector was chosen as the Secretary.

Mr. Eugene Tan of the Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry was elected as the treasurer while Northern Samar Tourism Council chairman Mr. Sunday Lavin was elected as the Business Manager.

Two PIOs were elected, Eastern Samar Tourism Council chairman Ms. Eppie dela Cruz for the Samar Islands and Maasin City Tourism Council chairman Fr. Amien Borneo for Leyte Islands.

The members of the board are Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan-delos Santos, Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Ormoc City Mayor Eric Codilla, Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy, Biliran Tourism Council chairman Dr. Cecile Espina, Naval Mayor Susan Parilla, Borongan Mayor Ma. Fe Abunda, and Catarman Mayor Rolando Carpio.

The Induction of Officers is set on November 16 at a venue which will be arranged by the DOT 8, the host of the activity. (PIA 8)


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