A partylist representative urged local government units in Negros Occidental to upgrade inter-island seaports, as he pledged to support and fund this kind of infrastructure project to boost tourism activities.
Angkla Partylist Rep. Jesulito Manalo said yesterday that upgrading seaports will make them more ‘tourist friendly’ and give them a comfortable stay before going into the small and nearby islands of the province.
Manalo, who was in Sagay City, Negros Occidental yesterday as guest speaker at the opening of the 22 nd Sinigayan Festival, announced that the city should be a model for the eco-tourism initiatives it has implemented for years.
The upgrade of ports will not take much funds from the government, as it should be community-based where people should be taught that, apart from good infrastructure, they should also let tourists have a good time, he said.
He also said that with the efforts for environment conservation and tourism promotion of Sagay, the city should be a model for other local government units in the country to make it a first class tourism destination.
“Sagay is very way ahead and it should be a model for others and we will start making it a first class tourism site,” he said, as he pledged for more funds from Angkla to be allocated to the city next year to support its marine conservation efforts.
The opening of the festival was attended by Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon III and other city government officials, led by Neg. Occ. Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Mayor Marañon said that seaport upgrade in Sagay has already started this year as they are planning to create more tourism loops in the city to attract more tourists.
This port is the Old Sagay Port, which is a gateway to their renowned Suyac and Molocaboc islands, and the Carbin Reef located at the 32,000-hectare Sagay Marine Reserve, one of the largest marine reserves in the country.
This year’s celebration of the Sinigayan Festival that revolves on the theme “Saving Mother Nature...for us and for the future generation”, and will end on March 19, is highlighted by the Sinigay sa Sagay Saot Para sa Dunang Manggad.
Manalo led the opening of the festival villages, namely Bugay Sagay Agro-Aqua Village, Dagway Sagay Arts and Culture Village, Taliambang Food and Entertainment Village, and the Livestock and Poultry Animals Exhibit.
Mayor Marañon also said that the festival is a reminder for everyone that this generation should help restore the natural resources and save it for the next generation to come.
“We need to change our lifestyle to conserve the environment,” he said.*MLG
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