Written by MADELAINE CABRERA - Cagayan de Oro is offering tour packages that will allow visitors to help flood victims and at the same time have some fun.

Tourists can choose from 4 “fun- help packages” the CDO branch of the Department of Tourism is facilitating.

Visitors can choose from four “relief” operations-feeding program, cleaning, tree planting or clearing the river- they can mix with their vacation.

DOT-Northern Mindanao regional director Catalino Chan said the tourists’ one-day immersion can either be the on first day of their package or after a day of city tour or optional whitewater rafting or zipline adventure. This package is also applicable for Iligan he said

Chan said the number of tourists going to CDO went down by 53 percent this year but they saw a new kind of visitors-those wishing to help residents cope with the after-effects of the great floods.

Chan said Sendong’s destruction somehow helped boost hotel industry in CDO as philanthropists and charitable institutions trooped and sought accommodations while they conduct relief operations.

“But as I personally see it, I believe that the tourism increased, because every body wants to help, Local Government Units (LGU)s and the private sector, who are trying to help come in batches and they always return to monitor effects of their assistance,” he said.

Chan said there were only 101,936 tourists this year compared with 236,241 last year.

He said the DOT prepared the special package for “helping tourists” facilitating their hotel accommodations, tapping 18 travel and tour member-firms of the Cagayan de Oro Travel and Tours Association to house the visitors who are expected to bring goods for “Sendong” victims.

Chan said the DOT also tapped the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurants Association, Department of Health and Department of Social Welfare and Development to come up with travel packages that would also encourage tourists to stay with the intention to help the victims recover from the onslaught of the flood.

DOT’s special package include hotel accommodations at a minimum of P3, 350 only which already includes 2 lunch.

Part of the offer is a round-trip airport-to-hotel transfer with half-day city tour, meals and entrance fees.

Optional tours include whitewater rafting, zipline adventure and an extra night stay.

The regional tourism department’s offer would be made available until next year where part of the proceeds go to the flood victims.

Meanwhile, Chan also revealed another package which is called The Cagayan de Oro City Tour, “though it is not daily, we make it a point to have it during Friday, Saturday and Sundays, where you can tour at P599 for four hours,” he said.

DOT accreditation survey showed that Misamis Oriental is set to build 1,700 rooms that will be open next year with 859 for Cagayan de Oro alone.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) also offers cheaper rates with PAL’s Payday Special Domestic promo.

VIDEO: Uploaded by dongale on Dec 17, 2011

A collection of photos taken after the flood in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City (December 17, 2011)



Donation for the Flood victims through RED CROSS. Any amount can help save lives. On your mobile phones (GLOBE or SMART) please text:

RED (AMOUNT) send to 2899.

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TOURS Philippine Voluntourism: Fun Help Packages for Sendong Posted on: 13 February 2012 Author: TravelBook Tags: voluntourism, volunteer travel, cagayan de oro tours, cdo tours, cagayan de oro, cdo, misamis oriental, northern mindanao, typhoon sendong

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Make a positive impact on your vacation with Northern Mindanao’s immersion and tour packages that benefit the victims of Typhoon Sendong.

In today's enlightened environment of global travel, taking a trip is about more than just seeing the world and having a good time─more and more travelers are looking for more meaningful journeys and finding ways to make a positive impact on the places they visit.

Voluntourism, or volunteer tourism, is a movement that is fast growing in popularity and appeal. Voluntourism runs the range of experiences from contributing non-skilled labor at building sites, sharing professional skills for medical missions, and donating time and resources for relief operations.

Locally, voluntourism is starting to gain a foothold as well. The Department of Tourism Region 10 and travel and tour operators in the area are now offering Fun Help Packages for Sendong. The Northern Mindanao Region had the heaviest hit provinces during last year's Typhoon Sendong, and widespread relief efforts are still ongoing.

The Fun Help Packages for Sendong for Cagayan de Oro have a three day, two night itinerary that includes a half-day city tour, an immersion activity, and optional tours for popular CDO attractions such as whitewater rafting, the Dahilayan Park, and the Del Monte Philippines grounds. The tours cover roundtrip hotel and airport transfers, accommodations, selected meals, and cash donations to the beneficiaries.

For a minimum of ten persons, package costs range from P3,350 for pension type accommodations; P3,800 for standard accommodations; and P4,400 for deluxe accommodations. Fees for optional tours are as follows: Basic whitewater rafting, P990/pax; Dahilayan and Del Monte tour, P1,999/pax; Dahilayan and whitewater rafting, P1,999/pax; and Iligan twin city immersion, P1,900/pax.

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