“Tourism should not just be lip service. It has to be both a policy and a way of life.”
These are the words of Atty. Matt Hachuela, a three-termer municipal councilor of the town of Dumarao.
He submitted his certificate of candidacy for board member of the province’s Second District’ under the National Unity Party (NUP)-Liberal Party (LP) local coalition.
Endorsed by Capiz Second District Rep. Ferdenil Castro, NUP, Hachuela was hesitant on the offered position.
While he believes that a lot is yet to be done for the province of Capiz legislation-wise, the challenge of a provincial position is different from his local experience.
In a chance interview with IMT News, Hachuela explained that he will anchor his role as member of the Provincial Board in case, on three major thrusts: tourism, literacy, and health.
“I can’t brag on very ambitious legislations that can easily be passed but too broad in scope to implement by the LGU concerned,” he stressed.
“Tourism-wise we have the best product, our province and the different beautiful towns. We have started selling. I just see small yet important details that need legislation in order to put order into things,” Hachuela said.
“There has to be participation from the public especially in areas of investments. I mean, there’s that very big private resort operating in a place why can’t we empower the people around to complement by giving them the chance to do certain economic activities to earn a living? If the problem is the lack of training and capital, this is where legislation would come in,” he added.
Hachuela said that tourism is about making it inclusive so that people will get to benefit from the activities of those who have the capital and infrastructure.