Tagum City to continue dev't of tourism sites-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
THE City Government of Tagum in Davao del Norte is keen on developing tourism sites in the city.
During the Kapihan sa Abreeza at Abreeza Mall in Davao City Friday, Geraldine Abella, city tourism officer, said that Mayor Allan Rellon is keen on developing the Botanical Park located in Barangay Agustin, 15- minute drive from the city proper.
The 50-hectare property was first developed by former mayor Rey Uy and is planted with various trees of different species. At present, the area has gazebos and waiting sheds built for visitors.
Abella said Rellon wanted more tourism facilities to be put up in the area, including a zipline and hanging bridges.
"The mayor wanted the park to be developed for daytime activities," Abella said.
Another plan is the construction of an IP (Indigenous Peoples) Village in Barangay La Filipina that will showcase IP's diverse culture and tradition.
Aside from new projects, the city is also bent to continue tourism projects initiated by the past administration.
Marlene Alastra, chair of the Tagum City Tourism Council, said the city intends to plant more palm trees to keep the brand of Tagum City as the country's Palm Tree City.
During Uy's administration, thousands of palm trees in different different species and varieties, were planted which earned for the city the title of Palm Tree City of the Philippines.
Another project to be sustained is the Tagum River Tour which is held at the Bincungan River, an 8.7 kilometer tidal creek which passes through mangrove forests, bangus, tilapia and crab hatcheries.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 26, 2013.