Although the French, Japanese and Canadian governments have not totally lifted the whole of Mindanao in the list of areas to avoid by its citizens, they have already excluded the tourism and financial hubs of the island, according to a report filed by Sunstar Daily.
This means that cities like General Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Davao are now excluded in their travel advisiories.
For instance, France in its latest advisory urges its nationals to avoid the “western half” of Mindanao, including Zamboanga Peninsula up to the Sulu Archipelago, then down to the provinces of Lanao, Misamis, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindano, even Sarangani, with the exception of General Santos City.
According to Sunstar, “The travel advisory has been primarily premised on the areas of activity of the armed terror group, Abu Sayyaf.”
The Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, for its part advises “against all travel the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which includes Basilan, Sulu, Tawi Tawi, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Sharif Kabunsuan, as well as the Zamboanga Peninsula, Zamboanga del Sur, Saragani, Lanao del Norte, Davao del Sur (excluding urban areas of Davao City), South Cotabato, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat“.
These welcome developments would hopefully encourage more investments to come into these cities which in turn, could also help the rest of the countryside in the long run. We have to give credit to the improving peace and order climate in these urban centers and in their burgeoning trade and commerce.
And of course, we in GenSan News Online Mag have always believed that the more favorable news from these areas, courtesy of their vibrant blogging communities (Soccsksargen Bloggers, Davao Bloggers, CDO Bloggers) have also been instrumental in changing how foreign governments’ perceive them.
Well and Good.Media are more precise, sensitive, considerate and fully aware now of the real situation in the place that perceived to be dangerous to our foreign guests/businessmen/consultants,etc. I do hope that Media, etc. will consistently monitor & give a fair travel advisories not only to Mindanao but in other part of this world as well.
Galing ng mga BLOGGERS!
Media indeed has totally shaped how others perceive Gensan, CDO and Davao and the bloggers’ role is leading this positive perception to the next level. If the community consistently says, “our place is peaceful and worth visiting,” we are inviting both local and foreign tourists to visit our cities. Collectively with the private sector and the government agencies, we, as bloggers, can eventually shape the entire face of Mindanao.
Sana maraming Avel Manansala in other cities! They could have enjoyed how blogging holistically affects tourism and governance.
greetings from me and my other blogs:
I’m quite positive that the balanced news emanating from the blogs and social networking profiles of the people of Mindanao helped in this development.
The very successful SoCCSKSarGen Summer Safari, ably organized by Bariles of GenSantos.com, is one fine example of how blogs and new media have shaped a positive view for Mindanao and its people.
Thnx for the info KUYA!
PEACE in MINDANAO!
Good thing excluded ang GENSAN pero iba pa rin talaga PEACEFUL ang whole Mindanao!
“And of course, we in GenSan News Online Mag have always believed that the more favorable news from these areas, courtesy of their vibrant blogging communities (Soccsksargen Bloggers, Davao Bloggers, CDO Bloggers) have also been instrumental in changing how foreign governments’ perceive them.”
I was gonna say. Napaka-timing, in fairness ^_^
Congrats to everyone who indeed made this change instrumental! 🙂