City Tourism seeks funding for rehab of Little Tokyo

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Monday, July 14, 2014


THE Davao City Tourism Operation Office has submitted a project proposal to the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) for restoration and the development of Little Tokyo in Mintal.

"We have submitted the papers for the inclusion of Little Tokyo to Tieza for them to support and fund," Lisette Marques, CTOO officer-in-charge, said in Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex.

She said two weeks ago, they have met and submitted the old map and current map of Little Tokyo to Roberto U. Teo, a member of the Tieza board. The old map consists of the sites of the remnants and the ruins while the current map shows the current status of the remnants and ruins.

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"We are hoping that we will be supported in creating a development plan for Little Tokyo and be able to restore it and be part of our tourism circuit," Marques said.

She said they hope to increase the influx of the number of tourists coming to Davao City through this development. Marques said of the total number of tourist coming to the city only 10 percent are foreign tourists.

Marques said through Little Tokyo, they hope to add the tourism experience of Japanese tourists who come here for pilgrimage.

She said Tieza will be recommending the project implementation of the development of the site and also the funding for the initial development.

However, Marques pointed out that the development of Little Tokyo has to be studied carefully since the community will be affected in a sense that there will be a need to relocate some settlers in some of the sites in Little Tokyo.

Marques said the barangay captain of the area is supporting the endeavor and have already informed the settlers who will affected.

"There will be a relocation of some settlers. The barangay captain, who is an advocate of Little Tokyo, has informed the settlers letting them know of how it will affect them positively. Initially there will be around 20 families that will be affected," she said.

Marques said they are hoping to get the approval from Tieza and the program for implementation of Little Tokyo within the year.

Little Tokyo used to be the location of where Japanese are living in Davao during the pre-war period.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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