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The Lanuza Surf Camp: A PCF StoryJanuary 9, 2013

 

            Lanuza, the Surfing Gateway of the Philippines. For the past ten years, it has been hosting surfing competition every November. Tourists from different parts of the country and even around the world like Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States visit the place for the annual Surfing Festival and other tourist destinations such as the Campamento Cave, the Magkawas Falls, the Marine Sanctuary and the Century-old Ancestral House. However, because of no hotels available in the place, the Municipality has found difficulty in accommodating its guests.

            In 2004, the Municipality in coordination with the Department of Tourism (DOT) has employed the homestay program to address the issue. This is a strategy where residents open their homes for tourists. The DOT has trained 32 home stay operators. The training includes basic tourist reception, inn keeping and tour-guiding. The program has momentarily addressed the issue; yet it remains inadequate considering the growing influx of tourists each year. Hence, the Municipality has thought of establishing a facility that would augment the current home stay services – the Surf Camp.

            The Surf Camp is a multi-purpose two-storey building. It houses four guest rooms, a kitchen, the Local Economic Enterprise Office, and the Tourism Display Center on the ground floor; while it offers a wide open function hall at the second floor. The construction of the project, with an estimated cost of P2.7M, commenced last June 2011 with the initial funding from the Municipality including the financial support from former Senator Migs Zubiri. It was then completed last August 2012 with the help of the P1M Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), a financial subsidy from the Local Governance Performance Management Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

            Aimed not only at providing accommodation to tourists, the Surf Camp also envisions to stir economic activity in the community in order to generate income and create employment opportunity. It also intends to further promote the tourism potential and other local products specifically the agsam craft of Lanuza.

           The Surf Camp will officially open on November 2012 during the 10thLanuza Surfing Festival. With the active collaboration of the Municipality, DILG, other national government agencies, people’s organizations, and other stakeholders, Lanuza continues its stride in improving the quality of people’s lives towards the perfection of its vision. (Ernie Y. Gultiano, LGOO II)

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