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Guagua mayor wants to turn dike area into artist haven

Thursday, September 14, 2017

GUAGUA. Guagua Mayor Dante Torres advocates environmental preservation by planting trees, protecting natural resources and promoting eco-tourism. (Chris Navarro)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Guagua Mayor Dante Torres hopes to turn an area of the mega dike in Betis District into an eco-tourism haven that will showcase local artists and their works.

Torres said that the area is located near the lateral dike area near the town where the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had constructed an asphalt overlay.

"We hope to create a tourism destination for our people while emphasizing the need to protect the environment," Torres said.

Torres added that the area has already developed a reputation as a destination for joggers and bikers. He added that the development of the area would be crucial for the protection of the area that has already shown signs of lush vegetation from the wild shrubs and trees that grew through the years.

The Municipal Government also plans to plant more trees in the area. The area is also expected to shelter works of Guagua artists and a potential location for trainings on the arts.

"We hope to create an area that would identify Guagua as an eco destination," Torres said.

The project will also involve the Betis wood carvers and prominent artist Willy Layug.

Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on September 14, 2017.

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