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Tourism in South Cotabato gets major boost from prov'l government

by Dani Doguiles

Koronadal City (26 November) -- Tourism in South Cotabato is assured of an all-out support from the provincial government that wants to make tourism development a priority concern.

The Informant, the official of publication of the Province of South Cotabato, reported that Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. proposed an allocation of P12.98 million in the 2011 annual investment program (AIP) of the province.

The amount is apart from the annual regular budget set for the tourism development and promotions, the publication noted.

Included in the AIP is an allocation of P5 million for the purchase of a tourist bus and another P5 million for the Lake Sebu Development Project.

Earlier, Pingoy signed a memorandum ordering the transfer of the functions of the Seven Falls Project Management Unit (SFPMU) from the Provincial Environment and Management Unit (PEMU) to the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO).

This was decided to ensure that investments in Lake Sebu, where the Seven Falls are located and has recently received increasing number of tourists, are properly planned and established as the provincial government continues to push further the promotion of area as a tourist attraction.

Planned improvements in the area include putting up of another zipline and establishment of cable cars.

Development of the area for water rafting and horseback riding adventures is also being studied.

Pingoy has also considered a plan for regional tourism packages to attract local and foreign visitors to enjoy tourist spots and amenities in the region, including Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Mt. Apo in North Cotabato, and the beaches and diving spots of Sarangani Province, and experience the very rich culture and history of its people. (PIA 12) [top]

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