San Isidro pursues aggressive tourism promotion efforts
By Neela C. Dualo
San Isidro, Davao Oriental (5 February) -- There's no stopping the relentless efforts of the municipality of San Isidro in pursuing the nomination of Mt. Hamiguitan to be included in the prestigious list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Mr. Anton Edquilla, Municipal Tourism Officer of San Isidro, divulged that the Mt. Hamiguitan Mountain Range includes also the site of another tourism wonder in San Isidro, the Cawa-Cawa Pools.
Next to Mt. Hamiguitan, the Cawa-Cawa Pools can be considered as the second pride of the municipality when it comes to tourism attraction.
Though it will take several hours before reaching Cawa-Cawa, but just like seeing Mt. Hamiguitan, hikers will find it very soothing to take the best of time relaxing, and taking a swim in Cawa-Cawa Pools.
Cawa-Cawa Pools is located in Sitio Panganan, Barangay Maputi, 15 kilometers away from the prime district of the municipality.
Once there, you will be enticed to take a thirst-quenching dip in the pan-like pool, enjoy it's coldness, while in awe to it's 15 feet depth.
The thick forest, blended with wild and rare species such as orchids, adds to the serenity and mystique of the place.
And while momentum is still high for San Isidro as it open it's doors to world recognition, the municipality is bent on promoting Mt. Hamiguitan and Cawa-Cawa aggressively.
Mr. Anton Edquilla, Municipal Tourism officer, revealed the plans of the local government in boosting their promotion efforts.
"We are now focusing on improving our local tourism industry. Hopefully, we start with the creation of a Tourism Assistance Center. This will be in Brgy. La Union, where the hike to Mt. Hamiguitan starts," he said.
The Tourism Assistance Center complements the Hamiguitan Management Center.
This entails the provision of the needed mountaineering gears, rescue equipments while maintaining porter and tour guides in the trek to Mt. Hamiguitan.
Through these, more and more people will be lured to climb the peak of Mt. Hamiguitan, and see the wonders of it's centuries' old bonsai trees, and the twin lake, known as "Tinagong Dagat-Gamay" and "Tinagong Dagat-Dako".
Mayor Apolinar Ruelo, Sr. hopes to implement these measures this year.
Though the result of Mt. Hamiguitan's nomination is still in 2010, indeed the nomination is a blessing, and now makes the municipality a masterpiece of wonderful tourism havens.
Indeed, there was no mistake in choosing Mt. Hamiguitan in the municipality of San Isidro as the brand mark of the province of Davao Oriental.
San Isidro might be the smallest town there is in the province, but it offers the biggest chances of world recognition for Davao Oriental. (DXHM-PIA XI) [top]