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VG Lagman says Tabaco City may soon manage 2 Albay tourist spots

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Albay Vice Governor Edcel Lagman said that the operation and management of Mayon Skyline Hotel and Convention Center as well as the Mayon Planetarium and Science Park may be devolved to local government of Tabaco.

“There are serious talks between Gov. Noel Ebriega Rosal and Mayor Krisel Lagman that the Mayon Skyline Hotel and Convention Center as well as the Mayon Planetarium and Science Park which are all owned by the Provincial Government Albay (PGA) will soon be fully operated and maintained by the City of Tabaco,” said Lagman.

“I hope there will also be talks about eventually donating these tourism infrastructures to the city,” he added.

He also stressed the importance of boosting these tourist spots that rest at an elevation of almost 2,500 feet—or more than a third of Mount Mayon’s peak at 7,000 plus feet.

“Albay’s “crown jewel” is its majestic volcano. It’s about time that the very competent officials of Tabaco City who have the requisite technical and ecotourism knowledge are finally given the opportunity to lead the way in making these sleeping infrastructures in Mount Mayon wake up from decades of slumber,” he said.

Lagmany said that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay will draft and pass the necessary legal framework for this through a MOA between the two LCEs.

“The MOA will primarily authorize the governor to enter into an agreement for the said transfer of operation and management from the PGA to the City of Tabaco,” he said.

“Exciting times are ahead even as all the road infrastructures leading to these tourist spots are very modern and well-maintained. They were funded through the efforts of yours truly when i was 1D representative and for the longest time by Cong. Edcel Lagman. Let not these beautiful structures be white elephants. Let’s maximize and realize its full potential for ecotourism,” added Lagman.