Government leaders and the business sector have been working together to transform Misamis Oriental as the next tourism frontier in Northern Mindanao.
Bambi’s priority program
Governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano together with Vice Governor Joey Pelaez are keen to develop eight tourist spots in the province. These touroist spots are Aya-ayaFalls in Upper Talacogon, Lugait; Tugasnon Hot Spring in Alubijid; Cebu Pacific Flight 387 Shrine in Claveria; SagpulonFalls in Barangay San Isidro, Philippine Sailfin Lizard Park in Solana and Agutayan White Island in Jasaan; CivolegFalls in Lonotan, Gingoog City; and Alibuag Cold Spring in Barangay Duka, Medina. They have tapped the Department of Public Works and Highways to build roads leading to these tourist spots. The DPWH would pour P1.4 billion to materialize these road projects.
The provincial government just hosted the 1st Misamis Oriental Tourism Summit at Duka Bay Resort in the town of Medina. It was well attended by more than 200 participants from tourism-business operators, trade association leaders, and local officials.
Ad campaigns are now seen on TV. I personally saw one advertisement at GMA 7 with the Governor Emano riding a jet ski.
Congresswoman Uy files a bill
The representative of the second district of Misamis Oriental Juliette Uy has filed a bill declaring the province a tourism zone. Uy’s House Bill 1464 would urge the Department of Toursm, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) and other concerned government agencies to prepare the necessary tourism spot development plan that would improve and restore Mis. Or. tourist spots in conformity with set standards, augmenting the construction of hotels, resorts, restaurants, recreational facilities and, other appropriate tourism facilities and infrastructure.
The business sector participates
There are 13 investors that have expressed their support for the proposed public-private-partnerships of the eight identified tourist destinations. STEAG coal power plant is willing to spend P13 million to support the tourism program of the province.
With all these efforts, will Misamis Oriental follow the success of other provinces like Cam Sur?
First and second photos by Vincent Tom Udasco Photography (Taken in Initao, Misamis Oriental)