The NEDA Region IV-A, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism Region IV-A, provided technical assistance in the finalization of the REINA Cluster Tourism Master Plan in Real, Quezon on March 18-22, 2016. REINA stands for Real, Infanta and General Nakar which are three adjacent coastal municipalities in Quezon province. The activity was the second writeshop conducted to finalize the REINA Cluster Tourism Master Plan and was participated mostly by officers and staff from LGU Tourism, Planning, Engineering and Information offices and Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Officers. Calabarzon Regional Directors (RD) and academe also joined and expressed full support to the finalization of the Tourism Master Plan. Present were NEDA RD Luis Banua, DOT RD Rebecca Labit, DOLE RD Zenaida Angara-Campita and Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) President Milo Placino.

The Master Plan will provide a comprehensive framework and strategic guide for tourism activities in the short, medium and long term. During the workshop, the stakeholders were able to refine the vision and goals of the REINA tourism area, prepared the investment program and ranked the programs and projects and formulated the Monitoring and Evaluation strategy.

Throughout the writeshop, areas of convergence were encouraged and identified in order to maximize benefits and to ensure that tourism is made inclusive and sustainable to the community. The investment program of the Tourism Master Plan identified different funding sources from LGUs, government agencies and the private sector. Various stakeholders and collaborative actions were also identified in the Implementation Mechanism of the Plan. The Polillo Group of Islands (POGI) will also prepare a Tourism Master Plan. The Tourism Master Plans of POGI and REINA including tourism circuits will be interconnected under one tourism cluster. In the long run, it will be linked with the tourism circuit of Aurora in Region 3.

The REINA Tourism Master Plan was turned over to the core group for finalization. The final plan will be endorsed by the RDC for funding to agencies and will be presented to the private sector in an Investment Forum to be conducted within 2016.

Finalization of the REINA Cluster Tourism Master Plan
From top left (clockwise): Participants discussing and preparing their inputs during the writeshop; top right: Ms. Christine Rutagines from the Municipal Planning Development Office of General Nakar presents the Vision of the REINA Cluster Master Tourism Plan formulated by the participants, bottom pictures (left to right): NEDA IV-A staff Mr. Donald Gawe, Ms. Jane Cajarte and Ms. Angela Llamas served as resource persons and facilitators of the writeshop.
Finalization of the REINA Cluster Tourism Master Plan
Officials from regional agencies and the academe provide their inputs and comments to enhance the REINA Cluster Master Tourism Plan (From left: NEDA RD Luis Banua, DOT RD Rebecca Labit, DOLE RD Zenaida Angara-Campita and SLSU President Milo Placino).

Theresa Jane Cajarte, NEDA Region IV-A | Wednesday, April 27, 2016