Isko Moreno wants to develop ‘tourism circuit’ in Manila

Sofia Tomacruz
Isko Moreno wants to develop ‘tourism circuit’ in Manila
The 'tourism circuit' would connect Intramuros to the National Museum, Rizal Park, Binondo, and other heritage districts in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – In a bid to revive tourism and promote cultural heritage in the capital city of Manila, Mayor Isko Moreno is eyeing the development of a “tourism circuit” that would link heritage sites across the city.

In a statement on Sunday, July 7, the Manila city government announced that officials from the Intramuros Administration (IA) back Moreno’s plans to develop a “tourism circuit” that would link Intramuros to the National Museum, Rizal Park, Binondo, and other heritage districts in the city.

Moreno said he also planned to work with the IA to support its “urban regeneration” initiative in Intramuros.

Moreno had met with officials from the IA and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) last Friday, July 5, to discuss how to revive Manila’s cultural heritage sites and boost the tourism sector.

On the part of TIEZA, Chief Operating Officer Pocholo Paragas said the agency vowed to do the following:

  • Put new tourist signages in all tourist destinations, including the 47 parks located in Manila
  • Study possible rehabilitation of the Philippine relief map located at Rizal Park
  • Possible rebuilding of the Children’s Park at Rizal Park, with the Manila city government helping to clear the property
  • Install new lights and place pedestrian lanes inside the walled area of Intramuros
  • Rehabilitate the lighting at the Club Intramuros Golf Course

Paragas likewise asked Moreno to relocate illegal settlers living along the fence of the Club Intramuros Golf Course.

As for the IA, Administrator Guiller Asido said the agency committed to fix the Lawton-Intramuros underpass by September 2019. Asido also asked Moreno to have businesses operating in the walled city obtain a permit from the IA before the Manila City Hall. Moreno agreed.

The meeting capped off a packed first week for the new mayor of Manila who was seen in public, on TV, and on social media giving a preview of the “Bagong Maynila” (New Manila) that he promised during the election campaign. – Rappler.com

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Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at sofia.tomacruz@rappler.com.