Where do we bring a World Bank (WB) top official who wants to see a model on community-based rural development using tourism as tool for poverty alleviation? Aloguinsan, of course!
Otavio Canuto, WB executive director, came to Cebu in August for an official business with representatives of the Department of Finance.
When he requested that he would like to visit a place outside urban Cebu to observe a working model of community-based tourism, the Cebu Provincial Government, through the Provincial Tourism Office, brought him to Aloguinsan last August 27.
The town is an awardee of the Pacific Asia Travel Awards in 2009, the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World in 2016 and in 2017, and the ASEAN Award for Best Community-based Tourism in Southeast Asia this year.
Canuto experienced the Bojo River Cruise offered by the Bojo, Aloguinsan Eco-tourism Association and danced with the nanays of the Kantabogon Tourism Association at Hermit’s Cove, a public beach the organization managed.
His reaction after the experience? The Brazilian economist and leader of 189 economies vowed to tell the whole world “that the concept works.”