Tuesday, April 29, 2008


San Pablo City – Mayor Vicente Amante of this city has announced that his administration will prioritize the promotion of tourism, believing that San Pablo City has the potential to become a prime tourist destination in the Southern Tagalog region.

The mayor said that to realize this goal, the city government will concentrate on enhancing and improving the famous seven lakes of San Pablo City, foremost of which is Sampaloc Lake.

Amante is closely coordinating with different agencies to work with the city government in the rehabilitation of the lake as well as the relocation of informal settlers within its vicinity.

He added that Sen. Loren Legarda has already pledged P3 million from her countrywide development fund for this project.

Aside from this, the mayor is also coordinating with various offices of the Laguna provincial government for the activities and projects that will enhance local tourism.

The city chief executive noted that a healthy tourism industry will generate employment for residents.

“During times of economic difficulties marked by high incidence of poverty, it is only appropriate that projects on livelihood be given top priority to promote the economic development in the locality.

Amante said his administration is currently studying the feasibility of constructing a diversion road to support and promote local trade and industry in the city.

The mayor stressed that he will seriously enforcing discipline among motorists particularly tricycle drivers to decongest the flow of traffic in the city, avoid accidents and prevent any untoward incidents. (RS/Manila Bulletin/April 26, 2008)

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