Capitol allots funds for midwest eco-tourism projects

The budding tourist destinations in midwest Cebu are assured of Php 13.5 million worth infrastructure projects from the Capitol.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale are set to look into the projects in January 2016 for approval.

The towns that comprise the Cebu Midwest Eco-tourism Project are Alegria, Aloguinsan, Asturias, Balamban, and Tabuelan.

“If they can come up with viable eco-tourism plans, they can avail of the funding through the annual investment plan,” said Vice Gov. Magpale.

Gov. Davide and Vice Gov. Magpale spearheaded the last quarter meeting of the Cebu Investment Promotions Board last November 23 at the Capitol.

Benjamin Yap, chief, Cebu Investment Promotions Office, said, the budget for the projects is included in the 2016 annual investment plan.

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

Yap further stated that they will launch the project in March when all of their trainings and workshops are done. The trainings are spearheaded by Joselito “Boboi” Costas, Capitol consultant for Midwest tourism.

The tourist spots in these areas were already assessed. The LGUs were required to submit their respective eco-tourism management plan and business plans.

The municipality of Alegria offers canyoneering in Cambais falls and Kanlaob River.

Aloguinsan, an international awardee for their community-based tourism Bojo River Cruise, will also embark on Dolphin watching activities.

Asturias will also develop its Lake Buswang and promote their native delicacy Bibingka. Balamban also will go on board on a canyoneering project leading to a mini-waterfall in Barangay Gaas.

Tabuelan plans to host an interpretative Batawang River Cruise.

Some of the proposed projects by the LGUs include road openings, footbridges, footwalks, viewing decks, restrooms, cottages, water systems, and tourist information areas.

The eco-tourism projects will follow the Bojo River Cruise Model, which won the United Nation supported Tourism InSPIRE Award for Best Community-based Tourism Initiative in Asia Pacific this year.