Mt. Diwalwal gold rush site tapped as Davao’s new tourist spot

April 26, 2010 10:53 am 

MT. DIWALWAL, Compostela Valley, April 26 — This famous gold rush site in the mountainous district of Mt. Diwalwal (also known as Mt. Diwata) is now being considered seriously as a prime tourist spot in Compostela Valley province.

Christine Dompor, senior tourism operations officer of Compostela Valley’s provincial tourism services, said Mt. Diwalwal will be part of the attractions under their Bulawan Tourism Junction project–a tourism information center to be set up by the province.

“We’re working out the details on how we can do this at Compostela Valley considering the attraction of Mt. Diwalwal gold rush site to many visitors coming to Davao” Dompor said.

Alma Uy, Davao Regional Tourism Council (DRTC) chairperson, said the Bulawan Tourism Junction project is one of the three tourism junction projects being developed by the tourism industry cluster team which she also heads under the Davao Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (DICCEP).

Uy said along with Compostela Valley, Davao del Sur province is also developing its own attractions in Sta. Cruz under the Sta. Cruz Tourism Junction project.

Davao City, on the other hand, is also developing its own Baganihan Tourism Junction project with its own travel attractions at Marilog near the Bukidnon border while Davao del Norte province is packaging its major attractions in Samal Island.

“We like to see the sustainability of these tourism projects that will benefit the people themselves who are residing in these areas.” Uy said.

The DRTC and the tourism industry cluster team winded up recently their regional tourism forum and tourism trade fair at the Gaisano Mall in Davao City which drew the attention of hundreds of shoppers as well as forum participants.

Pushing the idea of Mt. Diwalwal as one of the country’s top tourist spots is George Tagawa, a former top executive of Apex Mining and presently operating as an independent small miner in the gold rush area.

“We saw with our own eyes how the Australians developed their former gold rush area into one of their country’s top tourist attractions,” Tagawa said, recalling his recent study mission with an industry group to Australia.

Visitors and tourists, according to Tagawa, pay an entrance fee to enter the gold rush area and visit old mining tunnels that were part of Australia’s mining history.

“Our own tourism industry can also take advantage of Mt. Diwalwal as an exciting destination for travelers and visitors,” Tagawa told a recent DICCEP review meeting with officials of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Various projects of the tourism industry cluster team are funded by JICA under the DICCEP, a joint project of JICA and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with full support by the Department of Tourism (DOT) regional office, private sector, local government units and the academe. (PNA)

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