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Asuncion LGU seeks to boost agro-tourism potential

by Jean Duron Abangan

Asuncion, Davao del Norte (19 October) -- Having built a new town hall, Asuncion Mayor Joseph Nilo Parrenas is set to go full-blast in establishing stable local economy through agriculture development and local tourism.

In an interview, Parrenas said he intended to strengthen agriculture assistance covering 200 hectares of rice-lands which the municipal government will extend technical and financial assistance from cropping to marketing.

"Pakusgan ang agri kay 80 percent sa Asuncion is agriculture," he said.

He was also looking at the local tourism potential of his town, banking on eco-tourism sites in barangays Kamanza, Sagayen and Sta. Felomina.

Aside from caves to hold spelunking adventure, water springs can be found in Kamanza where the highest peak of the town can also be found, overlooking the adjacent province of Compostela Valley, Parrenas said.

Sta. Felomina and Sagayen boasts of its riverine wonders particularly the Madgao River being tagged as the town's main eco-tourism adventure destination. It once hosted provincial water sports events.

Asuncion lies along Tagum-Asuncio-Kapalong-Sto.Tomas-Carmen Circumferential Road. It is about 14 kilometers from Tagum City and 69 km from Davao City.

The municipal government of Asuncion recently inaugurated its three-storey new town hall through a loan of P18 million granted by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

Parrenas said he had drawn inspiration from Provincial Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario who showed local government officials the importance of sprucing up the seat of government just like what he did with the Provincial Government Center.

Parrenas said the new town hall would serve as a good legacy that the present set of local government officials could leave behind.

Aside from providing a budget allocation for the repair of the old town hall, Parrenas also planned to pour funds for landscaping and furnishings of the new town hall. (PIA XI) [top]

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