Cebu Capitol sets aside PHP13.5M for tourism infra in southwest, mid-west Cebu

December 8, 2015 8:03 am 

CEBU CITY, Dec. 7 — The Cebu Provincial Government has set aside some PHP13.5 million for infrastructure projects for eco-tourism destinations in southwest and mid-west Cebu, an official said.

Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, chair of the Cebu Provincial Board committee on tourism and international affairs, said the Cebu Capitol’s Mid-west Eco-tourism Project will initially benefit Alegria and Aloguinsan towns in the south; and Asturias, Balamban and Tabuelan towns in the west.

Magpale said these local government units (LGUs) can avail of the funding if they can come up with viable eco-tourism plans through the annual investment plan (AIP).

The LGUs will present their detailed engineering plans and programs of work before the Cebu Tourism Council in January.

The municipalities’ proposed projects include road openings, a footbridge, footpaths, viewing deck, restrooms, cottages, water system and tourist information area.

They are also required to submit their eco-tourism management and business plans.

Benjamin Yap, head of the Cebu Investment Promotions Office, said the budget for projects of LGUs is included in the 2016 AIP.

Yap said the Mid-west Ecotourism Project will be launched in March after the training and workshops for the LGUs.

Tourist spots and attractions in the five municipalities were already assessed.

Alegria will offer canyoneering in Cambais Falls and Kanlaob River.

Aloguinsan will offer a dolphin-watching activity, while Balamban would like to have canyoneering tour leading to a mini-waterfall in Barangay Gaas.

Asturias will develop Lake Buswang and promote the bibingka, a kind of rice cake, which is the town’s delicacy.

Tabuelan also plans to host a cruise in Batawang River.

Recently, the Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association won the 2015 Tourism InSPIRE Award for Best Community-based Tourism Initiative in Asia Pacific, after they developed Bojo River into an eco-tourism asset and a livelihood source with the help of the LGU and the Department of Trade and Industry. (PNA)

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