Davao Oriental lists key tourism sites

Subscribe Now July 08, 2013 at 08:37am

The Davao Oriental provincial government has identified for development some key tourism sites, including one in an area affected by Typhoon Pablo.

According to Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, the sites include Pusan Point, Caraga town’s San Salvador Church, and Aliwagwag Falls.

Ms. Malanyaon said the provincial government is finalizing its tourism action plan to promote the province as a major tourist destination in the country. “We have to take advantage of the situation,” she said, referring to Republic Act 10560, a recently enacted law declaring Davao Oriental a tourism development area.

The governor said that the new law is the basis for the provincial government to come up with a tourism development plan. “We hope we can make the most out of this breakthrough policy and realize an integrated development for the tourism sector,” Ms. Malanyaon said.

She added that the provincial government will request more funding from the national government now that the province has been identified as a tourism development area. The provincial government, however, has yet to finalize the amount that would be set aside for tourism development.

Pusan Point, located on the coastline of Caraga town, became popular when it was identified as the Philippines’ easternmost point and thus the location for the earliest sunrise in the country.

The century-old San Salvador Parish church, considered one of the oldest churches in the country, is also in Caraga.

The Aliwagwag Falls, on the other hand, are located in Cateel town, one of those that suffered when Typhoon Pablo swept through the area.

Arturo P. Boncato, Jr., Davao regional Tourism director, earlier said that the province had received a significant share in some P1.7 billion in funding for highways leading to tourism sites.

Last month, Davao Oriental entered the eco-tourism limelight when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization board nominated the province’s Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary to the list of World Heritage sites.

Ms. Malanyaon hopes that the range will eventually be on the list by next year.

Both the governor and Mr. Boncato, however, said the nomination should lead to the preservation of the range, which is home to a century-old forest of miniature trees and about 1, 380 species of flora and fauna. “We will formulate policies that will limit the carrying capacity of the range,” Ms. Malanyaon told BusinessWorld.

Located 1, 620 meters above sea level, the 6, 834-hectare mountain range is also home to the Philippine eagle and is located on the boundaries of Mati City and the towns of San Isidro and Governor Generoso.

Source: bworldonline.com

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