STA. Ana Wharf is targeted to be cleaned up and be developed into a promenade area similar to Baywalk of Manila in a bid to attract more visitors not only for the tourists coming for island hopping and diving activities but also for the locals to enjoy the view, said a City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) official.
“Sta. Ana Wharf (beautification) is a project by the city. We have plans already for the wharf, something doable. Something that we can possibly see the results and changes by May this year,” said CTOO Head Generose Tecson Monday, March 20.
She also said orders had been given out even before Araw ng Dabaw for the container vans in the area to be removed and for the clearing operations to commence.
To avoid flooding in the wharf during high tide season, Tecson said part of the plan is to put up little islands in the middle of Sta. Ana Wharf and to elevate it by about a meter. They will also ask the nearest construction operations in the area if they could dump their mounds in the wharf for the creation of the little islands.
“We’ll turn these islands into parks connecting one island from another. Later on, we intend to beautify that by putting trees and grasses. Much later on, a terminal and an area for food stalls and souvenir shops (will also be put up) so that it will be integrated in that area,” said Tecson, emphasizing these will not all be done by May but assured that significant changes will be visible in the coming months.
She added they would also ask help from private companies and volunteers for any contribution and help they can impart regarding the beautification of the wharf without having to spend a lot of money.
Tecson also said the budget for the said project is still being finalized.
“What we can do is to beautify Sta. Ana wharf. We are Davao City. There are tourists coming in that area. We can’t just allow for the wharf to look like that,” she said.
The Sta. Ana beautification project is currently a joint effort of the local government of the city headed by lawyer Lawrence Bantiding, Davao City Assistant Administrator.
Aside from CTOO, other sectors who are involved in the project are City Economic Enterprise, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, and City Engineering Office.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 21, 2017.
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