- The “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, Baguio City, is now recognized as an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City
- It has achieved the 7 criteria set by the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard like environmental management, cleanliness and waste management
- Two other cities, Iloilo and San Carlos City, earned the same award
Another good news for the Philippines! The City of Pines popular for its Panagbenga Festival, Baguio City, has just received recognition as an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City.
The ASEAN stamp of approval is valid from 2020 to 2022.
In 2017, the city was awarded UNESCO Creative City under the Crafts and Folk Arts category.
The home to the Igorot tribes reaped this new award because of its campaign to uplift the quality of li
fe of its citizens through public space beautification, environmental conservation, public safety, correct waste disposal, and maintaining cleanliness.
These are the 7 criteria set by the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS):
Environmental management; Cleanliness; Waste Management; Awareness-Building about Environment Protection and Cleanliness; Green Space; Health Safety, Urban Safety and Security, as well as Tourism Infrastructure and Facilities.
The “Summer Capital of the Philippines” passed all of the above.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong posted in social media on November 27 to congratulate his constituents. “Congratulations Baguio City for being one of the three winners to receive the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award for 2020-2022.”
Awarding ceremonies will be held on January 16, 2020, in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Baguio City will receive a certificate of appreciation and a plaque with the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Label.
Two other cities earned the same stamp of approval as well. These are Iloilo City and San Carlos City (Negros Occidental).
Hope this will inspire other cities to aim for the same standards. This award encourages an influx of more tourist and investors beneficial for the city’s revenue and image.