HINOBA-AN town Mayor Ernesto Estrao said Tuesday the “converted” land in Barangay Bacuyangan is being eyed to become a tourist destination.

Estrao said the Municipal Council approved an ordinance reclassifying the 282-hectare land to industrial zone last week.

The mayor, however, clarified that the land was originally an industrial zone as it used to belong to Insular Lumber Company.

He said the property will be reclassified as economic, environment, agro-industrial zone, adding that portions of the land will be developed to become a tourism destination.

Estrao also said the municipal government plans to develop a port in the area, which will serve as gateway of agricultural products in southern Negros.

There’s an old airport with 1.2-kilometer runway which can be developed and expanded, he said.

He said these facilities are expected to attract more investors and could generate jobs for the residents.

Earlier, environmental group Green Alert Network questioned the conversion of some agricultural lands in Hinoba-an into industrial zone.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the property in question was originally classified as industrial zone, even if the Department of Agrarian Reform had issued certificates of land ownership awards.