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Gov. Velasco: Decision-making should be evidence-based

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Marinduqe Governor Presbitero Velasco said that “decision-making should be based on evidence.”

Velasco recently attended the Basic Research Caravan 2020, wherein he presented “Evidenced-based policy making in the province of Marinduque,” a webinar attended by over 120 participants.

The said event was jointly organized by the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Council of the Philippines and DOST Region IV-B (DOST-NRCP and DOST IV-B).

Velasco discussed their proposed project in Marinduque to entice tourists during the Moriones celebration, supposedly this year. However, it will instead be implemented in 2021, when people’s movement is no longer constrained by the pandemic.

Based on previous tourism data on the influx of visitors during the Moriones celebration, Velasco’s team estimated a hundred thousand visitors and revenue of 250M for one week’s celebration. As a former part of the judiciary, review of evidence has always been a part of Velasco’s job.

Velasco is also aware of the environmental situation in the Marcopper area in Marinduque and while there is a great tourism potential for areas surrounding it, he emphasized that the safety of the people in the area is their top priority.

The government of Marinduque is currently looking for solutions to their electrical and water situation, since those are the basic things needed for their tourism industry to flourish.

Velasco requested DOST-NRCP to guide them in the development not only of the Marcopper area but other areas as well.