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Philippines’ Department of Tourism creates plan to help citizens, local economy

The Philippines have long been a desirable location to visit, and a recent boom in tourism has created an influx of visitors to the nation. Several government organizations have decided to find a new way to help low-income citizens, and turn some of that tourism revenue into direct profit for the local economy.

The One-Step Project
People send money from all across the world to benefit loved ones in the Philippines, and the program – called The One-Step Project – has similar intentions. The Department of Tourism and the Department of Social Welfare and Development intend to use tourists to help stimulate local markets, and buy arts, crafts, agriculture and other goods provided by the Filipino people, according to the Philippine Star.

Many low-income workers struggle to attract customers to their businesses, and the new program would work in conjunction with local agencies to direct tourists to the smaller stores unique to the area. The goal is to improve the welfare of many people in the country. Tourism is a big source of income for many nations, and The Philippine Star stated that the One-Step Project has the opportunity to help as many as 13 million Filipinos.

Low-income workers might see an improvement in sales if their products and services are marketed toward tourists.

Homegrown twist on art
One artist in the Philippines is trying his hand at improving sales for an uncommon piece of art. Online money transfers can help stimulate small businesses and improve the daily lives of many people in the Philippines, and Don Kishin Figueroa Javier's interesting wire sculptures are worth taking a look at.

Javier started his own company, Kartwheel Creations, and he sells arts and crafts typically made from the run-of-the-mill metal wire, according to Malaya Business Insider.

"I never enjoyed working eight-to-five jobs," Javier told the news source. "What I do enjoy is making and creating things. When I joined an arts and crafts fair, I got inspired by the artists and artisans there who made a business out of their craft."

He first attempted selling his goods online, and then brought them to many local markets and fairs in 2012. Frequently, buyers are art lovers from all over the world and sections of the Philippines, the news source noted.

Artisans like this are some of the people who the One-Step Project wants to help, and those who send money to the country might assist by purchasing local arts and crafts. Javier's company is doing well, and he sells between 10 and 20 art pieces a month, according to the Malaya Business Insider.

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