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Mt. Apo subsite dev't plan underway

by Prix D Banzon

Davao City (24 April) -- Southern Mindanao is all set to work on the Mt. Apo sub-site development that would create business activities and bring livelihood to residents of communities, especially in the lumad areas.

Department of Tourism (DOT XI) regional director Sonia Garcia said work development had started and currently it already had accredited five (5) homestay at the Kapatagan side in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Garcia said work is on going on the Mt. Apo Master Plan in coordination with the University of the Philippines with funding of about P4.5 million.

The study covers the Malagos Restricted Landscape, Eden Triad Area, Baracatan camp site development, the Sibulan Todaya Village, the Tibolo cultural village.

She said the plan is an important tool that will guide prospective locators for possible investments.

"The master plan will allow possible investors to check on the plan and study the location," she said.

She said we need to prepare the area and having one master plan for Mt. Apo subsite will guide businessmen on what appropriate businesses are ideal for the particular site.

The Mt. Apo subsite development is not just the call of DOT she said but a convergence of different national agencies.

She cited several line agencies like Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, National Commission of Indigenous Peoples, Department of Trade and Industry and others.

By middle of June 2007, a benchmarking will be held in Kota Kinabalu where stakeholders of Mt. Apo subsite development will be exposed to the different levels of development of Mt. Kinabalu.

The panoramic view of Mt. Apo will be offered as an attraction to tourists both international and domestic.

"When the sites become fully develop it will also help augment the present income generation of the highlands," she said.

She said our sister countries in the EAGA has gained economic advantage with the development of their natural sites.

"This is what we wanted to replicate and Mt. Apo being the highest peak is a must see attraction for everybody," she said. (PIA XI) [top]

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