TARLAC CITY, Tarlac (June 13, 2023) — Tarlac Governor Susan Yap bared her plans to boost tourism in the province while supporting local businesses.
In an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) recently, the lady governor decided to double down and support micro, small, and medium enterprises, hotel and restaurant owners, tour guides in various destinations, and the establishment of a World War II museum.
“We have established a place for our MSMEs where they can showcase their products that are proudly made in Tarlac called Komunidad,” Yap told the PIA.
Komunidad Tarlac or Komunidad is a concept store for Tarlac Province’s crafts, specialties, gifts, and goodies – all locally sourced and made. The store is located inside the Provincial Capitol building.
The provincial government is also working with the Department of Tourism in assisting local resort and hotel owners to improve their services.
The province boasts several tourist attractions, the most well-known of which are the Monasterio de Tarlac in San Jose town, the Canarem Lake in Victoria where birdwatchers from all over the country frequently flock to, and the waterfalls in the northwestern towns of Mayantoc and San Clemente.
Tourists also visit the provincial capitol and the Concepcion municipal buildings owing to their post-Spanish-era designs that survived World War II.
Governor Yap also said that a World War II museum is in the planning stage.
“This ongoing project of creating a World War II Museum with our partners will be the first in Central Luzon that will exhibit curated arts and crafts in line with our history,” Yap told the government news agency.