13 Dec 2021
December 12, 2021- Municipality of Bolinao through the stewardship of Hon. Mayor Alfonso F. Celeste, MD bagged 2nd Place in the highly prestigious ATOP-DOT Pearl Award for "Best Tourism Practices During the Pandemic" in the search organized by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Honorable Vice Mayor Richard Celeste, SB Committee Chairman on Tourism along with Municipal Tourism Officer Ms. Mary De Guzman and Municipal Administrator Ms. Blesilda Domagas received the award at the Metropolitan Theater, Manila.
VM Celeste expressed his gratefulness upon receiving the award. "We just did the unthinkable! It's our first time joining ATOP Pearl Awards and yes we are a dark horse. A municipality competing against highly urbanized cities and provinces and placing 2nd is truly a feat," he exclaimed. He also thanked all the people who helped and supported Bolinao in its bid for the said award.
This is the first time Bolinao, Pangasinan, joined and won the ATOP Pearl Awards which focuses on the essential factors including economic development and sustainability of tourist destinations through easement of doing business initiatives. The health and safety measures undertaken by the Local Government Unit (LGU) to address the public of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic were highlighted. LGU Bolinao has successfully restored and continuously increase the business operations in the area through success stories and best practices that exceed beyond strict adherence to respond on the massive negative impacts of the current pandemic to the tourism business community.