Prov’l gov’t marks second ‘Pablo’ anniversary, opens new landmark in Baganga


Inauguration of the new Baganga Sunrise Boulevard in Brgy. Dapnan, Baganga, Davao Oriental

Province of Davao Oriental (Dec. 4, 2014)— The Provincial Government inaugurated on Thursday, December 4, the newly constructed beach park in Brgy. Dapnan in Baganga dubbed as Baganga Sunrise Boulevard.

Opened in time for the second anniversary of Super typhoon Pablo that devastated the province exactly two years ago, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon said that the opening of this new monumental landmark symbolizes the province’s resiliency and development after three of the province’s towns were badly destroyed.

With project cost of about P 5 million shelled out by the Provincial Government, the site covers a 750-meter stretch of creamy-white coastline.

Overlooking the amazing scenery of the vast Pacific Ocean, new boulevard, which was completed in a span of only 45 days, consists of several amenities that include two restaurants, a volleyball court, shower area, beach huts, children’s playground, a concessionaire’s area and an information center. The latter will serve as the jump-off area for tourists who wish to explore other tourist sites that can be visited within the town.


CPDA Chief Architect, Charisse Puentespina, who worked on the project, said this is only the first phase of the entire site development as the province intends to expand its development. Among the additions to be placed are mangrove walk and boating area set to be realized next year.


Designed as an income-generating tourism site, the Sunrise Boulevard is also a venue for the locals to sell and promote their products and commodities to tourists.

The Baganga Sunrise Boulevard is only one of the many infrastructure developments that the province has been implementing in the province as it takes off with its tourism industry.

Governor Malanyaon divulged that the provincial government intends to put up a tourist landmark in each town. In fact, development has already started in other municipalities, which include, among others, the Cape San Agustin in Governor Generoso, Pusan Point in Caraga, Mt. Hamiguitan in San Isidro, and Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel. The latter is set to be inaugurated early next year.

She said that these developments intend to support the province’s eco-tourism industry and boost economic development.


Designed as a fisherman’s wharf, all wood materials used in the edifice are debris from typhoon Pablo

Reasons to celebrate

While others dreaded the thought of being reminded of typhoon Pablo’s devastation, Gov. Malanyaon said that there are plenty of reasons why the people of Davao Oriental should commemorate this day that is already embedded in the province’s history.


Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon

She said it doesn’t merely allow people to remember what was lost, but also to celebrate life. “We have to recognize the fact that a lot of new development had sprung after the tragedy,” she said. “We also have to remember the kindness of the people who had helped us get back on our feet,” she added.

“The more you’re pained and hurt, the more wisdom you earn and the more strong you emerge. All these are enough reasons why we commemorate the typhoon Pablo every year.” By KLD/Photos by Eden Jhan Licayan



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