Davao City has been selected as recipient of the 1st Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City Award.
The awarding ceremony was held during the Asean Tourism Forum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 26. The cities of San Carlos in Negros Occidental and Pasig are also recipients of the same award.
On Monday, Mayor Inday Sara Duterte formally received the award from new Davao Tourism Regional Director Antonio Fernando Blanco.
The city was chosen for conforming with the criteria and requirements set by the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS), which include a solid Environment Management Program, Cleanliness, Waste Management, Awareness-building about Environmental Protection and Cleanliness, Green Spaces, Health Safety, Urban Safety and Security, Tourism Infrastructure and Facilities.
Davao City has set policies to keep its remaining environmental frontiers intact and rehabilitate those that have been damaged.
This has been one of the indicators, which is undeniably the important element among all the criteria and policies that relate to the improvement and enhancement of living standards of the general public.
The award also comes with a challenge for the city to improve its waste management and to take advantage of environmental laws, which ensure proper collection and disposal of garbage. The city is known for its well-disciplined residents, plus a localized version of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
ACTCS is aimed at promoting and encouraging cities in ASEAN member countries with a tool that will improve the quality of tourism, not only by increasing their marketing competitiveness but also improve the situation of local residents by providing them livelihood to alleviate poverty. CIO