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A great leap towards a clear program for tourism in Lianga, Surigao del Sur was made possible on October 2017. This official partnership is truly a first and is one for the history books.

The Mindanao Tourism Council with the presence of its President and Chief Executive Officer of Punta del Sol Group of Companies, Ms. Araceli Lanoy Ayuste, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the local government of Lianga, Surigao del Sur, represented by Mayor Homer Pedrozo and other parties who shares the same vision of improvement in tourism projects.

However, to understand the said signing of document, we must first ask ourselves—what is the importance of a Memorandum of Understanding? Basically, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a transparent written contract between two or more parties involved that shares resources, one common goal and clear divided workload.

The contents of their understanding include the following: Sharing of essential information such as industry updates, best practices in order to better fine tune the road map; The Council being consulted and involved in planning and conceptualizing tourism-related projects, programs, and local legislation; Provision of expert assistance and industry consultations, particularly for the development of new attractions, such as the proposed Andanan River Tourism Complex and Lianga Bay Walk, as well as improvement of existing ones, such as better frontline services, resort development, and adventure tours.

Setting realistic expectations, doing our own fair share, and having a clear shared vision, is in itself, a sure and solid foundation for success that will surely benefit not just Lianga, but the entire nation.