Talikud Island to open as PH's next Boracay

Subscribe Now June 04, 2014 at 09:05am

Talikud in the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) is set to open soon, aiming to be the next Boracay of the south with the implementation of the P5.8-million open beach line project.

It will be funded under the third batch of beneficiaries under Canadian government-financed Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED) to be implemented from 2014 to2016.

The LGSP-LED is an $18-million, 8-year bilateral project in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that provides LGUs technical know-how in improving their business environment to be more competitive, attractive to investments, and conducive to job creation.

The project aims to establish Samal’s biggest islet, known for its long white sand beaches and world-class diving sites, as a model in sustainable tourism development, along with enhanced competitiveness and investment promotion of the tourism-related businesses in this province.

Engr. Josie Jean Rabanos, provincial planning and development officer, said Talikud is the only destination in Mindanao included in the 10 new projects under the Batch 3 project sites of the LGSP-LED.

The prioritization of the projects, which are focused on tourism development in various regions of the Philippines, including in Yolanda-affected areas, was anchored on the priority Tourism Development Areas (TDAs) identified in the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2012-2016.

“The Open Beach project seeks to engage the local private sector in creating circuit-based tour packages to Davao City and other complementary attraction sites of Davao del Norte, among other objectives,” according to provincial tourism officer Noel Daquioag.

He revealed that beachfront structures in Talikud, including those extending towards the sea, will be evaluated in terms of their impact, placement and necessity, in such a way that they will not disrupt the beauty and balance of forces that shape the coastlines.

Source: mb.com.ph

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