By Bobot Estropigan Laguna, contributor
DONSOL, Sorsogon – In spite of the reduction in the number of tourists from In spite to June this year we still noted a spike in revenue collections in tourism-related activities, said Mayor Josephine Alcantara- Cruz.
Cruz said in 2017 total collections reached P3.7-M compared to this year’s P4-M for the same period adding that between 16,000.00 to 17,000.00 local and foreign tourists visited us last year and only 11,000 this year.
However, the lady chief executive added, the number of foreign tourists has dwindled while local tourists have considerably increased attributing this to the closure of Boracay and other national issues.
The mayor further disclosed that the increase in collections were due primarily to the desire of tourists to stay longer and or even if they visit other tourist destinations in other parts of the province they still return to their hotel rooms, their homestays of which we have II or the resorts of which we have nine.
In addition, we have good and or delicious food at reasonable prices, courteous resort and hotel personnel, the ambiance of the place, the cool sea breeze just suited for relaxation and above all the hospitality Donsolanons and Sorsoganons are known for.
A 3rd class municipality, Donsol is famous for its Butanding, the gentle giant of the sea. It has an Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of P122-M for this year and P141-M for 2019 and a population of 51,000 said Cruz who is gunning for her third and last term in the 2019 elections.
Among the projects she is widely credited for is the conceptualization and realization of the Donsol Community College which endeared her well to the poor parents who could hardly afford to send their children to college outside of this municipality.
Now on its 4th year of operation, the mayor said she has so much to thank for Senator Chiz Escudero who was responsible for the P8-M 8-classroom 2- storey building being used by the students.
The Donsol Community College is one of the state colleges and universities nationwide accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to avail of the free tuition starting this school year. [BicolToday.com]