San Carlos City, Top LGU for 2022 Overnight Tourist Arrivals in the Province
The Local Government Unit (LGU)- San Carlos City was awarded by the Provincial Tourism Office as Top Contributing (City Level) for 2022 Overnight Tourist Arrivals in Negros Occidental.
San Carlos City Tourism Office staff headed by Tourism Operations Officer Jennifer S. Paran turned over said award to Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo today, Sept. 25.
Said award was received on Sept. 21, 2023, in Bacolod City during the 23rd Provincial Tourism Week; the city was also awarded as one of the top 5 contributing LGUs for 2022 Same-Day Visitor Arrivals in Negros Occidental.
San Carlos City logged 114,121 local and tourist visitors based on 2022 data, an increase of 30% from 2021.
Tourism Officer I Jennifer Saballa-Paran, attributed the awards to the consistent collection and prompt submission of same-day and overnight tourist arrival data to the Provincial Tourism Office thru the help of tourism stakeholders and staff.
Paran added that they encourage tourism stakeholders to observe timely submission of tourist arrival data by holding recognition every year, especially during tourism week celebrations.
She said they would continue to promote tourism destinations in the city and capacitate those in the tourism industry to improve their accommodation.
Paran also shared that they have started the ecotourism project on Sipaway Island and are monitoring upland barangays, including Magon-on Falls and Mayana Peak, to have accurate data on tourist arrivals.
City Administrator Atty. Estefanio Libutan Jr. and Tourism Staff Autumn Bacurnay and Jose Winnie S. Chavez were also present during the turn-over of the award.
Entomological Survey Results for Dengue Shown to Mayor Gustilo
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) presented to City Mayor Renato Y. Gustilo today, Sept. 22, the results of the Entomological Survey done in Brgy. Rizal yesterday.
Medical Specialist II and City Health Office Technical Adviser Dr. Mary Genevieve Montaño said the Department of Health and PHO recommended the survey to have evidence-based findings if dengue vectors are present in Barangay Rizal.
She added that the team found dengue carriers since most households in the said barangay store water in uncovered containers which serve as breeding habitats for dengue-carrier mosquitoes.
Montaño also said Barangay Rizal has the highest number of dengue cases in San Carlos City, with 23 morbidities out of 137 cases and 2 deaths.
She added that the data is alarming and if not addressed, might create an outbreak; they plan to replicate the survey in other barangays. She advised residents to clean their surroundings.
Meanwhile, PHO Entomological Survey Team Head and Registered Nurse Edjohn Javellana headed the presentation and recommended to the mayor the following: activation of the Aksyon sa Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD), creation of a barangay resolution or ordinance for dengue to protect the health and welfare of the people in the community, involving the school in practicing the 4 o’clock habit, sustaining the best preventive practices by keeping the environment clean, removing stagnant water, intensification of the Information Education Campaign (IEC), the establishment of dengue fast lane, and purchase of NS1 fumigation (chemical).
Mayor Gustilo agreed with the recommendations and suggested to the local Health Office to conduct an awareness campaign on dengue in every barangay.
City Health Officer Dr. Arniel Laurence Portuguez; Provincial AVD Coordinator Josephine Nonato; PHO Registered Medical Technologists Eden Laberos, Roy Michael, and Darla Marie Davidas; and Brgy. Rizal Kagawad Virginia Baran were also present during the presentation.
Local Employees Turn Over Financial Assistance to Mountain School
City Administrator Atty. Estefanio S. Libutan Jr. led the Green Team in turning over the P5,000 cash assistance to a far-flung mountain school, Paniagan Elementary School (ES) today, Sept. 22, at City Hall Lobby.
Said money was the proceeds from the one-week Charity Fair facilitated by the Green Team composed of the City Mayor's Office, City Administrator's Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and Sangguniang Panlungsod in connection with the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary.
Paniagan ES Teacher-in-Charge Nilo D. Senador said they would use the money to finance a feeding program for their pupils.
City Holds Mobile Film Workshop
The local government of San Carlos City in partnership with Fundación Santiago and San Carlos Development Board (SCDB) held a 2-day Mobile Film Workshop, Sept. 16-17 at Ma. Awani Hotel and Suites Rolando Hall.
At least 25 participants of all ages joined the workshop for the 1st Pintaflores Mobile Film Festival in November this year.
Filmmaker Trainers consisting of Mark Raymund Garcia, Massah Gonzales-Gamboa, and Film Actor Ronnie Lazaro taught participants about creating scripts, directing actors, shooting/cinematography, basic editing & post-production, and sharing experiences in making films.
Lazaro was happy to see the participants' eagerness and enthusiasm for filmmaking. He's positive that many artists will be discovered because San Carlos is a place with many talented people.
He also thanked City Mayor Renato Gustilo for dropping by at the workshop.
Fundación Santiago Executive Director Chaco Molina said the workshop aimed to promote the San Carlos brand as the heritage and sports tourism destination of choice in the Philippines; he hoped that local youth would also get interested in filmmaking using their mobile phones and develop their skills for a more advantageous experience.
Aspiring filmmaker and vlogger Chrislu Bajao shared it was a great experience and an opportunity since despite the short training they learned a lot, especially in editing videos, best camera angles, and techniques they could apply to their vlogs. He thanked the local government and looked forward to more similar workshops.
San Carlos Development Board (SCDB) representative Jose Miguel Valmayor was also present at the workshop.