For the first time in history, through the Governor Bambi Emano’s vision in realizing his flagship program, Misamis Oriental has been recognized as the first runner-up for the Best Tourism-Oriented Local Government Unit (LGU) Provincial Category at the 20th Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines-Department of Tourism (ATOP-DOT) Pearl Awards held in Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

The Pearl Awards is part of the ATOP National Convention, an event that celebrates the best of Philippine tourism through bringing together tourism officers and showcasing premier tourism practices, products, and services from all over the country.

The annual search for the best tourism-oriented LGU in the Philippines is given to the province, city, and municipality that shows a sustainable tourism department program as defined in the Tourism Act of 2009.

It is gratifying to note that in October 3-6, 2018, Misamis Oriental served as the host province of the 19th ATOP National Convention with more than thousand tourism officers from different places of the Philippines took part the said event. Many of the participants felt the warmth welcome of Misamisnon as they have visited various places in Misamis Oriental.  Also, the hosting of the convention left a mark that paved the province to receive national commendation from the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines.

In that same year, the province of Misamis Oriental has also been adjudged as one of the finalists of the 2019 Most Business Friendly Local Government Unit Award – Provincial Level.