MAYOR Isko Moreno has credited the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila (DTCAM) for its huge part in boosting the city’s tourism and once again a destination for visiting local and foreign tourists.
At the regular flag-raising ceremony the other day, Moreno cited the efforts of DTCAM head Charlie Dungo and congratulated him for the accomplishments of his office in so short a time, even as the latter laid out the department’s plans for the whole year.
‘To the DTCAM family, congratulations and keep it up….bising bisi ah…,’ Moreno said, as he thanked the Manila City Council headed by vice mayor and presiding officer Honey Lacuna for making what used to be the tourism bureau a department.
‘Át least ngayon, makapagpa-plano na sila. DTCAM used to be a bureau attached to the mayor’s office. Sa madaling salita, ang turismo ay naka-base lamang sa pananaw ng alkalde. Pag hindi parte ng polisiya ng alkalde ang turismo, kawawa ang bureau. Thanks to the city council for making it a department,’Moreno said.
Moreno said the passage of a law that makes the tourism bureau a department cured certain defects in that, among others, the DTCAM can now have a short, medium and long-term plan with regards to the tourism of Manila.
‘Makapaghahanda, makakapag-plano at makapagpo-pondo na sila gaya ng ibang departamento ng lungsod. Nagagalak tayo dahil kung dati, ang traffic ay dahil sa mga sasakyan, ngayon, may traffic dahil sa foot traffic,’Moreno added.
The DTCAM, he said, had been busy in promoting the city and its new and newly-enhanced tourist attractions such as Jones Bridge, the Kartilya ng Katipunan and Bonifacio Shrine, among others.
For his part, Dungo said the DTCAM has just started in its goal of making Manila truly worthy of its tag as the nation’s ‘capital city,’ saying they are engaging in a serious effort to bring back the city’s old glory.
The mission of DTCAM is to elevate the status of the city, promote the country’s culture and celebrate Filipino artistry not only for Manilenos but for Filipinos from all over the world. We are laying the groundwork to build a better future for Manila,’ Dungo said.