PGMA cites LGU-private sector partnership in nation-building

May 29, 2009 1:46 pm 

Dapitan City, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, May 29 – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today cited the role of the local government units (LGUs) and the business sector in nation-building and in helping the government overcome the challenges arising from the global economic crisis.

The President said the transformation of this city as well as the whole province in what could be the next central business district and tourist destination in Mindanao region is a clear manifestation that the strong public-private sector partnership would result to better economic activity and more employment opportunities.

The Chief Executive cited as perfect example the Dakak Resort and newly-built Gloria's Fantasyland here in what could be the private sector can do to support the government's efforts in uplifting the lives of the Filipino people, particularly in the countryside.

"This city would not only be known as the place where national hero Dr. Jose Rizal lived in exile for years, but with its tourist attractions like the Dakak Resort and Gloria's Fantasyland," she said.

The President, together with Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral and Gloria's Fantasyland owner, former Rep. Romeo Jalosjos of the first district of Zamboanga del Norte, cut the ceremonial ribbon for the formal opening of Gloria's Fantasyland, the first and biggest theme park in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Envisioned to be the Disneyland of the Philippines, the five-hectare theme park features brand new imported rides like the giant roller coaster, mini train, choco cup ride, midi flume ride, carousel, Apollo, bumper car rides, horror house, swinger, among others.

Among the most entertaining are the "interactive rides," such as Happy Journey, Telecombat, Fight Shark and World of War, which are the first in the Philippines.

With a total project cost of P200 million, the construction of this one-of-a-kind theme park started two years ago and is now 99 percent complete.

Jalosjos said the construction of the theme park is under the supervision of a rides safety expert Michael Cintora from California, USA, who helped assemble and conducted safety and maintenance training to the engineers of Gloria's Fantasyland.

He also said that he is also putting up a four-star, 12-storey hotel with 360 rooms in the last quarter of this year, to be called the Casa Real Hotel. (PNA)

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