If there is one thing that online communications taught us, it is that you can do things cheaply. So why is the Department of Science and Technology proposing to spend P97.1 million (that’s a little over US$ 2 million) to build a tourism online database?
Granted we do not know the details of this project, but if the goal is to “build an online tourism database for Sagada and Banaue” and to “provide the medium for digital (travel) transactions directly from consumers to service providers” surely they can do it for much much less, say P500,000. Maybe P1 million to be a bit more generous. Boy, do we smell a fish?
From Sunstar Baguio:
Internet link for Sagada, Banaue proposed
TO FURTHER boost tourism arrivals in the region, Internet connectivity of the major tourist destinations here was proposed.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is working for the development of an online database for Banaue, Ifugao and Sagada, Mountain Province. The plan is among the major components of the agency’s project on eco-tourism development for Sagada and Banaue.
Enhancing the information and communications technology in Cordillera is expected to boost the competitiveness of the region’s tourism industry, the DOST said.
The proposed Internet connection, with a budget of P6 million, would be established in the ethnic villages that would be identified and in tourist information centers.
It further aims to provide the medium for digital (travel) transactions directly from consumers to service providers.
It also targets to improve the provision of information needs of stakeholders of the tourism industry and to lower traditional communication costs of local tourism-related businesses.
The development of an online database for Sagada and Banaue is one of the high impact projects being proposed by the DOST.
Initial funding for the proposal amounts to a total of P97.1 million, including expenses for monitoring.
The online database would complement the plan to strengthen existing local tourist information centers by focusing on the promotion and advocacy components. (JC)
INFO SOURCE: Sunstar Baguio.