A total of 114 stakeholders attended the 2nd Annual San Jose Tourism Conference held last January 29, 2016 at the Sangguniang Bayan session hall of San Jose, Camarines Sur, Tourism Officer-Designate Diosdado P. Valencia said. The stakeholders were composed of members of the Municipal Tourism Council headed by Engr. Tomas Francia, Hotel/Homestay Operators, barangay officials, LGU-officials, product processors, tourism students coming the PSU-San Jose Campus together with their faculties, tour guides/operators, business people and tourism workers, he stressed.

The program was opened by a prayer and the singing of the national anthem through a video presentation followed by the orientation of the participants conducted by Mr. Valencia and the welcome and opening message of Mayor Antonio B. Chavez.

During his message, Mayor Chavez stressed that Tourism Development is one of his priorities that could expectedly help most of the residents along the 11.3 kilometers stretch of the shorelines in the coastal barangays of the town. He was also aware of the lessened arrivals of travelers in Sabang Port brought about by the improved condition of the highway linking San Jose and Lagonoy towns to Caramoan. Through the conference, he expected that there will be alternative plans that are going to be drawn out to spur the initiatives that were already undertaken during the last year’s conference.

Meantime, the morning session of the conference proper highlighted the following topics that were discussed by the invited guests and speakers, to wit: Updates: San Jose Tourism Issues and Options by Mr. , Valencia; NEDA Approved Partido Tourism Master Plan by Engr. Jose Chito C. Milante, MPDO San Jose. A plenary followed which entertained a few questions and suggestions from the participants.

During the afternoon session, Good Practices-Korean Tourism was shared by Ms. Kim Soo Ryeon, a volunteer of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) now undertaking study at the San Jose on Tourism Development. She said that a village in South Korea was able to earn millions of Won (South Korean currency) when the members of the community worked together, participate and heed to the call of their national leadership for the young people to engage in agriculture. She further stressed about the importance of protecting the environment and she encouraged the participants to observe the same perspective.

Miss Kim was followed by the discussion conducted by Mr. Jose Pollero, Municipal Agricultural Technologist on Introducing Farm Tourism; and lastly, the Tourism Event Organizing lectured by Mr. Aldwin N. Vale, the Corporate Relations Manager of WRI Colleges. Again a plenary followed. Several questions and suggestions were raised by the participants. Noted was the suggested return of the “Harana Festival” which the participants feel to have marked San Jose into the limelight. Mr. Valencia responded that the same will be taken into consideration when the Municipal Tourism Council will formally convene. The conference ended at around 5:00 PM.