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[ REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9445, May 09, 2007 ]

AN ACT DECLARING THE ISLANDS OF LAHUY, COTIVAS, GUINAHUAN, LUKSUHIN, MALIBAGAN AND MASAG, OFF THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CARAMOAN, PROVINCE OF CAMARINES SUR AS TOURIST ZONES



Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. This Act hereby declares the islands of Lahuy, Cotivas, Guinahuan, Luksuhin, Malibagan and Masag, off the northeastern coast of the Municipality of Caramoan, Province of Camarines Sur as national tourism zones.

SEC. 2. Until comprehensive legislation rationalizing the national tourism program is adopted, the following principles shall govern the planning, development, promotion and management of these tourism zones:
  1. The Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agencies, and the Partido Development Administration (PDA) shall coordinate in the formulation of a tourism development plan for these tourism zones: Provided, That said plain is consistent with, or may be integrated into, the national tourism master plan of the DOT;
  2. The plan shall protect and enhance the natural features and cultural heritage of these tourism zones, while providing sustainable economic opportunities for the local community;
  3. The PDA and the relevant municipalities shall utilize their powers provided under Republic Act No. 7820, as amended, and the Local Government Code, respectively, to implement and enforce the tourism development plan;
  4. The DOT and its attached agencies may provide necessary technical and financial assistance for the development of tourism infrastructure and skills development in the local government while endeavoring, when practicable, to promote the tourism zones, both locally and internationally; and
  5. The DOT, the PDA and the relevant municipalities shall create a forum by which the private sector, nongovernment organizations and other interest groups can interact with one another and the government to create an atmosphere that shall encourage investment and the development of a culture of tourism.
SEC. 3. The DOT, in consultation with the PDA, shall adopt appropriate rules and regulations, and enter into agreements to implement this Act.

SEC. 4. This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days of completion of its publication.

Approved,

(Sgd.) JOSE DE VENECIA JR.  (Sgd.) MANNY VILLAR
Speaker of the House of Representatives President of the Senate

This Act which originated in the House of Representatives was finally passed by the House of Representatives was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on February 20, 2007 and February 19, 2007, respectively.

(Sgd.) ROBERTO P. NAZARENO (Sgd.) OSCAR G. YABES
Secretary General
House of Representatives
Secretary of the Senate

Approved: MAY 09 2007

(Sgd.) GLORIA MACAPAGAL - ARROYO
President of the Philippines

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