Kagawaran ng Turismo


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Manila, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with the local government of Quezon City to develop the Quezon Memorial Circle into a greener, more sustainable national park.

DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo–Puyat met with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte to discuss plans in enhancing the Circle as part of the city's tourism circuit to attract more local and foreign tourists.

"It is vital that DOT support the vision of Quezon City to preserve its heritage park. The site is home to many significant monuments, markers, museums and gardens, including the mausoleum containing the remains of President Manuel L Quezon, that remind visitors of the city's rich history.", remarked Secretary Puyat.

The DOT envisions the national park to remain a family–friendly attraction for generations to come. The area houses a small amusement park and green spaces for picnics. It is also a point of convergence, more so with the current construction of the Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 7 with the Quezon Memorial MRT Station located underground.

Apart from the circle, Puyat also discussed the enforcement of the Tourism Act of 2009, specifically the requirement to have tourism establishments accredited with the DOT before the local government can issue a business permit to operate. This is vital in ensuring that these establishments pass the basic accommodation and service standards set by the department.

Belmonte assured Puyat that the Quezon City local government is currently updating its Tourism Development Plan to reflect the priorities of the national government.

"As the greenest city in the metro with the most number of parks and open spaces, we are looking forward to working with the DOT to enhance these assets in order for them to be more attractive to visitors of diverse interests.", said Mayor Belmonte.