The Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary, Christina Garcia Frasco, opened the first Tourist Rest Area (TRA) in Medellin, Cebu on July 10, marking it as the maiden completion from the first set of 10 TRAs initiated last year.
The TRA, endorsed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., serves as an information hub about tourism attractions, activities, and accommodations, while also providing safety and convenience facilities like clean restrooms.
Frasco stressed the importance of such facilities in enhancing tourists’ journeys, citing the availability of charging stations, seating, souvenir shops featuring local crafts, and free-to-use clean restrooms and showers.
Medellin Mayor Joven Mondigo Jr. expressed his gratitude for the town’s selection as a TRA site, emphasizing the role of tourism in boosting local development.
During the event, Frasco announced plans for 15 additional TRAs in addition to the first batch. Locations include Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon, Samal Island in Davao del Norte, Carcar, Carmen, and Moalboal in Cebu, Dauis in Bohol, Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, Roxas in Palawan, and Baguio City.
Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia revealed a similar project to replicate TRAs in Cebu, with Bogo town as the first beneficiary, with a formal partnership agreement to be signed in August.
Support for the DOT and Secretary Frasco was reiterated by stakeholders, including members of the consular corps, local governors and mayors, business sector representatives, and Cebu-based creatives. Frasco expressed her gratitude to all supporters, emphasizing the “Love The Philippines” campaign’s intention to promote the country’s cultural wealth and natural beauty.