BUTUAN CITY, Philippines - The Working Committee from the Office of the Vice Mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Butuan City as well as other government agencies involved in the preparation has geared up its preparation for the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VMLP) 3rd Mindanao Island Congress slated on June 20-23, 2012 at a convention center in Butuan City.
The conference, which will be hosted by the VMLP Caraga Regional Chapter, will have a theme: “Protect the Natural Environment: Preserve the Natural Wonders, Promote Eco-Tourism.” This year’s conference will have a different twist as tour packages has been prepared by the organizing committee in lieu of the usual break-out sessions done on conferences. In this manner, actual site seeing of the region’s eco-tourism destinations will be experienced by the participants while in-depth understanding and awareness on these areas is expected through the mobile lectures in the course of the tour to be made by Caraga’s tour guides. A meeting of the Working Committee was held recently presided by Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun, VMLP Caraga Regional Chairman and Convention Director, to beef up plans for the said event. Around 1,000 delegates are expected to grace the event. According to Fortun, not only Vice Mayors from Mindanao will attend the conference as other Vice Mayors from the other parts of the country are also expected to attend the congress. Fortun added that during the VMLP National Convention he attended recently, several Vice Mayors from Luzon and Visayas have already expressed interest to attend the said event as they are also excited to discover Caraga region. Several national figures are also expected to attend including VMLP National President and Manila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” M. Domagoso.