Province of Davao Oriental— Determined to make Davao Oriental a premier eco-tourism destination, Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon cited one of the province’s best diving sites as another potential area for development of infrastructures that would open doors to a multitude of opportunities in tourism and investments.
She was referring to develop the Tagabebe Diving Spot, locally known as ‘The Wall’ in the sleepy and quaint town of Governor Generoso, which seasoned divers, who have visited the area, consider one of the greatest diving sites in the world.
With gently sloping reefs and vertical wall peaking at 20 to 200 feet deep, this diving site has a vast stretch of sea grass fields and corals that provides protected niche for a variety of marine life.
While Davao Oriental is touted to have the region’s longest coastline at 513 kilometers, divers say it is no surprise that Davao Oriental has a wide selection of impressive and dramatic dive locations that includes the ‘The Wall’ in Governor Generoso.
During the celebration of the 22nd Founding Anniversary of Brgy. Tagabebe, Governor Generoso town last April 28, Governor Malanyaon urged residents to help protect and conserve the seas and marine resources here and to become vigilant against those who abuse and exploit marine life, emphasizing protection and conservation as ‘everybody’s responsibility’.
She told them to become responsible stewards of this ‘gift’ as they share it to country and to the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, in terms of overall development, the governor encouraged the residents to support the provincial government’s programs that strongly push for developments, particularly in tourism.
“Making all these developments thriving and booming depends entirely on you,” she told the people of Tagabebe, saying the government is here to build developments but sustaining it lies in the hands of the people.
She cited all the development programs of the provincial government, particularly the successful inscription of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List.
She told residents to take advantage of the opportunities that all these developments would bring, especially now that the Provincial Government is launching Davao Oriental as a premier tourist site in the country.
She cited tourist destinations in Davao Oriental that has been gaining rapid popularity which include the Sunrise Boulevard in Baganga, Aliwagwag Eco Park and Riverview Park in Cateel, Pintatagan Welcome Park in Banaybanay, and Subangan Museum in the City of Mati. Meanwhile, nearing completion are the Mt. Hamiguitan Eco-Park in San Isidro, Pusan Point in Caraga, and Tourism Site in Boston.
Moreover, more projects are underway as the Provincial Government is fast tracking the completion of the implementation of its tourism development plan for the whole province. Still in the pipeline are the developments in the towns of Governor Generoso, Lupon, and Manay.
Barangay Captain Basser Musa encouraged his constituents in the village of Tagabebe to step-up and be part of the development here. “We need your help. Our village is small but if there is unity it’s not impossible to do great things. Together, let’s help make our barangay better,” he said. KLD