Partnership to boost eco-tourism

Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang together with Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy (4th and 5th from left). Joining them in the photo are (from L to R) Lt. Col. Mitchell Anayron, Commanding Officer of the Philippine Army’s 67th Infantry Battalion, Mabini Mayor Reynaldo Dayanghirang, ComVal Former Gov. Senior Board Member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy and Davao Oriental Former Board Member Ronald Lara (6th from left)

Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang together with Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy (4th and 5th from left). Joining them in the photo are (from L to R) Lt. Col. Mitchell Anayron, Commanding Officer of the Philippine Army’s 67th Infantry Battalion, Mabini Mayor Reynaldo Dayanghirang, ComVal Former Gov. Senior Board Member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy and Davao Oriental Former Board Member Ronald Lara (6th from left)

DAVAO ORIENTAL – A blossoming partnership has started to emerge between the provinces of Davao Oriental and its neighbor Compostela Valley.

Just recently, top local government officials from the Province of Compostela Valley have benchmarked Davao Oriental’s eco-tourism sites. Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, who led his team of officials and staff, said that benchmarking Davao Oriental’s tourism sites has been really helpful in their pursuit to boost ComVal’s eco-tourism development.

“We have really learned a lot. I know we can do a lot more especially after what we have seen here,” said Gov. Uy, saying that aside from benchmarking Davao Oriental’s projects, they are interested, as well, to learn about Davao Oriental’s partnership with the private sector and national agencies in its successful implementation of tourism projects.

While both provinces are located within the Southeastern Tourism Corridor which has rich natural resources, Gov. Uy said it is apt to develop tourism sites that can complement the provinces’ shared natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes.

Gov. Daayanghirang in a luncheon meeting with the team from ComVal at Pusan Point Science Discovery Center in Caraga

Gov. Daayanghirang entertaining guests from ComVal Province at Pusan Point Science Discovery Center in Caraga.

The local chief executive of the host province, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, credited largely the previous administration under former Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, now Congresswoman of Davao Oriental’s first district, for initiating eco-tourism projects that resulted in a huge turnout of tourists and the opening of livelihood opportunities for the locals here.

While the initiative on eco-tourism development here in the province is a brainchild of Congresswoman Malanyaon, Gov. Dayanghirang’s efforts when he was still in Congress have largely complemented these initiatives, particularly in terms of connectivity and road networks.

Dayanghirang has allocated funds for the concreting of major road infrastructure such as roads leading to Pusan Point in Caraga town and Aliwagwag in Cateel – few of the many key tourism sites here in the province.

Pushing for connectivity, various road networks have also been constructed that links the two provinces. These major roads include: Cateel – ComVal Road; Baganga – New Bataan Road; and the recently started Caraga – Maragusan Road.

To date, Governor Dayanghirang and Congresswoman Malanyaon are discussing plans of developing more potential tourism sites in the province, particularly the Curtain Falls in Baganga town and Mount Campalili in Manay town.

While the former administration has already laid the foundations for world-class eco-tourism development, it is the duty of the present leadership to further develop them, says the governor.

Gov. Dayanghirang added that one of his administration’s thrusts is to boost rural eco-tourism as this is one of the most promising local income generation source. “We see it as a big help in terms of livelihood development,” he said. In addition, eco-tourism, he said, encourages awareness among locals and visitors in the protection and conservation of natural resources.

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TOURISM LOOP

The Province of Davao Oriental is no stranger in terms of partnership with its neighboring provinces for eco-tourism development. Last year, top officials of the Province of Surigao del Sur benchmarked Davao Oriental’s eco-tourism sites in a hope to establish and enhance bilateral cooperation that would boost both province’s eco-tourism. Sharing the same tourism corridor, the provinces have been seeking to complement each other’s efforts and resources in order to push for tourism growth and competitiveness for both areas.

Meanwhile, in the present administration, Gov. Dayanghirang anticipates strong partnership in terms of creating a tourism loop with neighbor provinces. Dayanghirang said he hopes this development would be pushed through so that provinces in Southern Mindanao can offer more choices to travelers.

In addition, Gov. Dayanghirang said he is happy that “we have a President that comes from Mindanao, particularly in Davao Region so that efforts in building a niche in eco-tourism in our areas can receive much support that they really need”.

He further stated his administration’s commitment to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s bid to achieve peace and order in order to boost up development in the province and beyond. By Karen Lou Deloso, Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

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