Davide signs Malapascua plan

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Friday, August 29, 2014


CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III cited the Capitol-initiated development in Malapascua island, one of Cebu’s tourist destinations, in his speech at the 18th Inter-Island Tourism Policy (ITOP) forum.

The governor yesterday signed the plan for the five-kilometer circumferential road and multi-purpose building in the island, one of the priority projects listed in Malapascua Island Ecotourism Development Plan (MIEDP).

“The PB approved a P5-million appropriation for the development of Malapascua. First, we will fix the road there, fix the multi-purpose building and put up an outpost,” Davide said yesterday.

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MIEDP focuses on, among others, the development of the 136-ha. barangay Logon, the old name of Malapascua Island, its coastal resource and security, infrastructure, health, waste management, tourism and revenues.

“It is fortuitous that this year’s ITOP theme is centered on sustainable maritime tourism just as we, in Cebu, are starting out an ambitious program to develop the tourism industry in our smaller islands and islets,” Davide stated in his ITOP Forum speech.

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The governor attended the ITOP Forum in Phuket, Thailand from Aug. 20-22. In his speech, he mentioned the need to monitor the entry of local and foreign tourists. He told reporters in yesterday’s press conference that this is, “for the security and safety of these tourists who visit the island.”

He also mentioned the deficiency of supply of potable water in the island.

He said this will all be addressed in the island’s MIEDP.

Infrastructure and facilities, in its development plan, include among others port development; construction of a three-meter circumferential access road; development of viable ground water sources and establishment of a reverse osmosis or desalination plants for the water supply.

Its development plan also includes establishment of a police outpost/detachment for crime suppression and pro-active law enforcement. The plan also includes outsourcing of security services, organizing and training of civilian volunteers.

The development plan also sees the need to establish a pocket forest, management of its mangroves, sea grass and foreshore protection.

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In his speech, the governor is hoping that the 70-30 tourist arrival sharing in Cebu, favoring the urban centers, could be more equitable in the future.

“We are hoping that more community-based “Ridge to Reef” tourism initiatives are supported and established, benefiting the local communities, as well,” he said.

Officials from Phuket, Jeju in South Korea, Okinawa in Japan, Hainan in China, Bali in Indonesia, Hawaii in USA, Canary Island in Spain, Southern Province in Sri Lanka, Zanzibar in Tanzania and Penang in Malaysia greeted him with applause.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 29, 2014.

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