- Iloilo City’s beautification efforts paid off as it successfully bagged the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award
- The city banked on its massive infrastructure projects and green development to obtain the award
- Iloilo City will receive the award next year in Brunei Darussalam
Iloilo City has bagged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City Award which declares the city as the cleanest urban centers in Southeast Asia.
The award will be handed over to the city in an awarding ceremony slated on January 16, 2020 in Brunei Darussalam.
“We are happy to inform that Iloilo City has successfully garnered the nuber of points to be one of three Philippine winners to receive the award. In behalf of the Department of Tourism, a heartfelt congratulations to you at the people of Iloilo for their contributions in making Iloilo City a clean, more exciting and fun destination,” Office of Tourism Standards and Regulation Director Rebecca Villanueva- Labit, said in a letter sent to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas.
Iloilo City has banked on its massive infrastructure projects and green development when it vied for the Clean Tourist City Standard Award of the ASEAN in September. Indeed, their efforts paid off. By winning the award, the Philippine city will obtain help to further improve the city’s tourism quality and increase its marketing competitiveness.
The award is also a “standardized tool” that provides assistance to ASEAN-member countries in developing a city and aiding its people’s livelihood.
“This warms my heart because having a clean city for my beloved Ilonggos and our tourists to feel safe is what I have worked hard for, for the past 5 months in office. We have reactivated the beautification team and task force boltahe to maintain our broken street lights and the additional personnel to help clean our city,” Trenas expressed on Facebook.
“We also established the green guards to protect our parks, plazas and public areas. We couldn’t have done this without everyone’s help. We are very proud that Iloilo City was recognized as one of the three Philippine winners of ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award,” the mayor concluded.