THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is expected to inaugurate two more Tourism Rest Areas (TRAs) before the year ends.
Both TRAs are located in Carmen and Moalboal, in Cebu and home to sardine run diving site.
On Dec. 2, Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco formally turned over the first completed TRA in Dauis, Bohol.
This is the fifth TRA that was formally turned over to the local government unit after Medellin in Cebu in July. The TRAs were opened in August such as: Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon, Samal Island in Davao del Sur and Carcar, Cebu.
The first-ever TRA in Bohol will serve as a pivotal point for tourists who wants to explore the beautiful places of Bohol.
Tourists may pass through the town of Dauis, which acts as a gateway to multiple tourist destinations in the province such as the famed Alona Beach in Panglao, Virgin Island Sandbar, Balicasag Island, and the historic Baclayon Church.
Dauis, which is one out of the two municipalities comprising Panglao Island, is also home to numerous tourism offerings including the Hinagdanan Cave, Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Bikini Beach, Bingag Beach, and San Isidro Beach.
“Here in Bohol, we view this gem of an island to be a source of national pride because you have, by your work, and by your example, established a sustainable eco-tourism destination where the public and private sector work hand in hand. And as a result of this initiative, you are now globally renowned as the Philippines’ very first UNESCO Global Geopark,” Frasco said before local government officials and tourism stakeholders in attendance at the TRA inauguration.