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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN CARAGA REGION, PHILIPPINES

Caraga is home to 499 breathtaking tourism sites. Among these are 102 beaches, 72 waterfalls, 45 caves, and 32 lakes, all waiting to be discovered and explored. A number of these sites remain untouched by human hands.  Various investment opportunities are available for the development of these sites is estimated at P 10 billion.

 

Beaches

102

Waterfalls

72

Caves

45

Lakes

32

Springs

27

Archeological/Historical sites

25

Mountains

18

Islands

36

Industrial Plant

11

Parks

39

Forest

5

Wildlife Reserve

3

Rivers

10

Festivals

34

Events/Adventure

9

Others

55

Total

499

 

A promising area for the region is ecotourism.  The region has a lot of eco-tourism assets such as the surfing areas in Siargao, Agusan Marsh in Agusan del Sur, and the beaches in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

 

The members of the Tourism Cluster are from the hotel and restaurant business, inns and lodging house owners, tour operators, ticketing offices, and transport service providers.   Other members are from the academe, concerned government agencies and local government units.

 

To develop the local tourism industry, the cluster has identified the following strategies:

 

1.      Aggressive Tourism Marketing & Promotion Programs

2.      Establishment of Investors’ Assistance Center for Tourism

3.      Improve infra support facilities

4.      Strengthen tourism-related organizations & Cluster Organization

5.      Capability-building for tourism manpower

6.      Enhance travel & tour services

7.   Develop attractive & affordable tour packages

 

 

 

Local Players

 

A. Tourism Related Establishments

 

Tourism-related establishments or TRE as forefront providers of tourism services undergo an accreditation process to ensure that standards of operation are followed to meet the maximum satisfaction of tourists. This procedure is instituted by the Department of Tourism. In an effort to strengthen the private sectors' involvement in the industry, DOT initiated the creation of an organization that will give stronger identity to TRE operators and help them in their promotional efforts. This gave birth to the following associations:

 

  • Butuan and Agusan del Norte Hotel and Restaurant Association or BAHARA
  • Surigao City  Association of Hotels and Restaurants Inc. (SCAHARI)
  • Surigao del Sur Hotel and Restaurant Association or SSHARA  

B. Homestay Providers

 

The Homestay Program was initiated by the Department of Tourism in areas where accommodation facilities are limited. The houses of residents who can accommodate visitors for a night or two were inspected and went through accreditation procedures. These owners were then briefed to basic tourism services trainings. The following have established homestay areas:

 

         Dapa, Surigao del Norte

         Jabonga, Agusan del Norte

         San Agustin, Surigao del Sur

         Cagwait, Surigao del Sur

         Lanuza, Surigao del Sur

         Nonoc Island, Surigao City

         Burgos, Siargao Island

         Sta. Monica, Siargao Island

         Zaragoza, Surigao City

         Bunawan, Agusan del Sur

         San Francisco, Agusan del Sur

 

C. Tour Operators

 

Caraga has a very limited number of local tour operators. There are only seven tour operators in the region, four of which are based in Butuan City and three from Surigao City. The services offered are mostly limited to air and sea ticketing only.

 

            Butuan City

          Almont Tours and Travels

         Purple Horizon

         Butuan Travel and Tours

        Adventure Tours

 

            Surigao City

         Fare Travel & Tours

         Nickel City Travel & Tours

         Geografika Travel & Tours

 

           

 

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Tourism Industry Cluster Leadership Group:
 
  1.  Vivian Otaza
       Cluster Chairperson
       Proprietor, Purple Horizons
 
  2.  Nicole Jay Salas
       Butuan City
 
  3.  Mr. Willie Gan
       Surigao City
 
  4.  Ms. Yedda Kettlestead
       Agusan del Norte
 
  5.  Carlos Lademora/
       Romeo Perez
       Agusan del Sur
 
  6.  Jake Miranda
       Surigao del Norte
 
  7.  Delia Marcojos
       Bislig City
 
Lead Agency:  Department of Tourism - Caraga
 
Member Agencies:
 
NORMISIST
 
  DENR-Caraga
  DTI-Caraga
  TESDA
  Butuan LGU
  Agusan del Norte LGU
  Agusan del Sur LGU
  Surigao del Norte LGU
  Surigao del Sur LGU  

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If you want a copy of the Tourism Industry Cluster Background Paper, please email or call any of the following offices:
 
      Carmencita S. Cochingco
      Regional Director
      National Eco. Development Authority- 
      Caraga Regional Office
      Nimfa Tiu Building, J. Rosales St.,
      Butuan City
      Email: neda13@bayandsl.com
 
      Brielgo O. Pagaran
      Regional Director
      Department of Trade & Industry - 
      Caraga Regional Office
      764 Silaga Building, Capitol Avenue,
      Butuan City
      Email: dti13@hotmail.com,
                caragaclusters@yahoo.com
 
      Leticia DC. Tan
      Regional Director 
      Department of Tourism -
      Caraga Regional Office
      Pili Drive, Butuan City
      Tel. No. (085) 341-8413 

For more information and investment assistance, please call the
following offices:
 
DOT-Caraga - (085) 341-8413/341-6371
 
DTI-Caraga - (085) 342-5615
 
NEDA-Caraga - (085) 342-5774