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Wow Pilipinas Party-list believes that tourism plays a significant role in economic development and inclusive growth that will provide more opportunities for our people. While the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily slowed down progress, Wow Pilipinas Party-list believes that tourism will play a crucial role in providing much-needed economic opportunities for our people––and should be provided the support necessary to maximize its capacity to help the country grow and develop. We also believe that with a concrete roadmap and comprehensive programs for the sector, tourism can help our country recover and rise as one.

Sa turismo, lahat aasenso!

SECTORS WE REPRESENT

TRANSPORTATION

Pink signals possibilities and optimism — qualities we strive to embody as we work to improve the country’s transportation systems.

GOVERNMENT

Red symbolizes the qualities of the government we want to build — strong and passionate about the welfare of its citizens.

SERVICES

Orange represents the warmth and enthusiasm of Filipino service, a key element in every Philippine tourist destination

HOSPITALITY

Yellow represents the sunny nature of our people, which is associated with the world-class hospitality Filipinos are known for.

ENVIRONMENT / INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Green is the color of nature, which we will vow to preserve for future generations of Filipinos.

CONSTRUCTION

Blue is a solid color that represents the construction sector, which will play a key role in building back safer and better.

THE THREE PILLARS OF WOW PILIPINAS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

We believe that at the core of tourism development is the welfare of its various stakeholders — almost 14 million Filipinos from small and medium-sized enterprises employed in the tourism sector. If elected to Congress, Wow Pilipinas Party-list will work to address the various concerns of the tourism sector’s various stakeholders by reviewing and amending existing tourism-related legislation, as well as pushing for new legislation that will benefit the sector’s stakeholders.

We believe that the COVID-19 pandemic will inevitably influence the design and construction of tourism-related structures, from comfort and aesthetics to disease mitigation concerns to build pandemic-resilient environments that will reduce the threats posed by airborne diseases. Wow Pilipinas Party-list believes that legislation can be passed to incentivize initiatives to build back safer, and that efforts should be made to convince Congress to invest in tourism-related infrastructure that will put an emphasis on open spaces and access to fresh air.

The Philippines’ greatest tourism asset, aside from its people, is the country itself with over 7,000 beautiful islands. While the government and private sector should invest and do more to develop the country’s many tourism sites, we believe that sustainable tourism should be the guiding principle of any tourism development strategy. In line with this, Wow Pilipinas Party-list will work with environmental advocates, communities, and local governments to craft green legislation and to champion sustainable tourism development.

OUR NOMINEES

GENEVIVE L. REYES

Our first nominee has close to two decades of experience in public administration and tourism development. Currently the Vice Mayor of the Municipality of Caluya in Antique Province, Vice Mayor Reyes began her career in public service when she was 17 years old as Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairman of Semirara, after which she later served as SK Municipal Federation President of Caluya from 2002 to 2007. In 2007 she was named to the Provincial Tourism Board of Antique, and in 2010 was elected mayor of Caluya. During her term as Caluya’s chief executive she also served as President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – Antique Chapter and as a member of the National Executive Committee of the LMP for 2016 to 2019.

As mayor of Caluya, many of her initiatives were focused on maximizing the tourism potential of her hometown. Under her leadership, the municipality’s long-awaited sea port, circumferential road, streetlights, water system, and power plant were all built. These paved the way for further development and recognition of the locality’s potential as a tourism hub, and by the beginning of her third term, development in her area was so widespread that the annual summer tourism highlight, the Tatusan Festival with its aptly-named tagline “Sadya Caluya,” drew in tourists from all over the country.

As a result, Caluya was able to attract private investors who built hotels, resorts, and restaurants that remain major contributors to the municipality’s economy today. Through her efforts, the Local Government of Caluya was also awarded the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping from 2015 to 2020, the Red Orchid Award of the Department of Health in 2015, the Seal of Good Local Governance in 2010 and 2019, and the Gawad KALASAG in 2020.

A graduate of Central Philippine University-Iloilo with a degree in Information Technology, Vice Mayor Reyes’ extensive experience in government is completed by courses she has taken in the Philippines and abroad, such as Good Governance and Administration provided by the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (2010) and the International Congress of the International Association of Educating Cities held in Barcelona, Spain in 2014. She is at present the Provincial President of the Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP) and a Member of the Board of Directors of VMLP Visayas.

MIGUEL DAVID C. LAPERAL

The third and youngest nominee of Wow Pilipinas Party-list is the founder of University of the Philippines (UP) Bike Share, a non-profit student organization focused on advocating active transportation, safer roads, and student-led technology development.

Under his stewardship, UP Bike Share secured a 15 million-peso government-funded research grant to develop a low-energy, SMS-based, and RFID-tracked bike share program for the country’s premier state university. For its accomplishments, UP Bike Share was recognized as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations in 2020.

In his alma mater, Mr. Laperal was a recipient of the 2020 Garrick Yao Memorial Award for Service 2020. While in UP he was also a Solid Waste Management Researcher under the IM4Manila Bay Project: Integrated Waste Analysis, Survey, and Technological Options (IWASTO) Environmental Engineering Group; a member of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Student Chapter; and a member of the UP Beta Epsilon Fraternity. He also attended a Stanford Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program and took courses on Sustainable Design Thinking, Smart Cities, and Urban Politics at Stanford University.

A B.S. Civil Engineering graduate of the University of the Philippines, Mr. Laperal is a part of the UP Resilience Institute, where he contributed research for the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance 2030 of the City of Manila focused on municipal waste management systems and water quality.

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