Canada funds 17 tourism projects in Iloilo, Guimaras
ILOILO City – The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) of Canada approved funding for 17 project proposals aimed to enhance the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) along the culture-arts-heritage and eco-agri-adventure tourism circuits in Metro Iloilo and the province of Guimaras.
All 17 approved projects were awarded at the Metro Iloilo - Guimaras (MIG) Tourism Innovation Challenge Fund awarding ceremony yesterday at Westown Hotel here.
Proposals were initially called for in August 2013 through the MIG Tourism Innovation Challenge Fund organized by Metro Iloilo - Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC) with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the Canada-backed Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED).
Organizers initially received a total of 35 individual project concepts.
All written proposals were assessed and the project proponents interviewed during the MIG Tourism Innovation Challenge Forum conducted also this August.
The selection committee was composed of representatives from the Iloilo Caucus of Development NGOs, Inc., Iloilo City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Iloilo Business Club, Central Philippines University, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, and MIGEDC.
Out of the 35 project proposals, the selection committee recommended 17 to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 and LGSP-LED.
All of the recommended project proposals were deemed fit for implementation and were endorsed to DFATD.
The overall approved project for the MIG Innovation Fund amounts to P3 million.
Funds for each project range from P80,000 to P285,000, depending on coverage, timetable and activities.
The approved projects have thrusts on different aspects of tourism such as product development, facilities and services enhancement, site promotion, and capacity development.
LGSP-LED and MIGEDC will be conducting an orientation cum workshop on product enhancement and marketing for the proponents of the approved projects this month.
The MIG Innovation Challenge Fund together with other projects led by MIGEDC and DILG’s LGSP-LED, such as the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Event, will contribute to the development of a strong tourism circuit in Iloilo and Guimaras.
Products and services from these newly approved projects will be showcased at the upcoming Investment Fair in Iloilo come January 2014./PN