Davao Oriental governor to drumbeat tourism, propel economy

DAVAO  ORIENTAL  (PIA) – While fortifying grassroots services, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang is set to drumbeat tourism and push economic growth.

In his speech at Davao Oriental’s 52nd founding anniversary rites, Dayanghirang said tourism development  was on top of his agenda in his second term as chief executive of the province.

He said he has aligned his thrusts with the policies and programs of his predecessor, former Governor Corazon Malanyaon, to ensure continuity of her development agenda for Davao Oriental.

The thrusts were also in accord with the direction of President Rodrigo Duterte and that of the Nagkakaisang Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental known as the Barangay Outreach Caravan that he started in 2017.

In promoting tourism, he took note of  the landscaping and improvement of the Provincial Capitol surroundings that include the beautification of the Provincial Capitol Park; the on-going construction of  a  three-storey building; the construction of a commercial building for food concessionaires, and the improvement of SP Dormitel at the Government Center in Dahican.

Along with promoting an environment to spur economic development, he said efforts to  set  this in motion include improving the Provincial Tourism Complex to have an inland resort and an 800-person capacity Convention Center.

In another vein, Dayanghirang revealed that he will create a task force that will facilitate the re-opening of the Mati Airport, which will receive funding of P200 million from the Department of Transportation.

He said the provincial government and the city government of Mati were one in the belief that the operation of the Mati Airport  would open up fresh economic and investment opportunities.

Dayanghirang was also set to sign an EO to create the Project Development and Resource Generation Management Center that will “fast-track the preparation of project proposals, conduct the necessary feasibility studies, access to financing agencies and coordinate the approval/adoption of projects by these financing agencies.”

“There is so much to accomplish and we must stay focused as we pursue our goals and visions,” he said.  (PIA-11)

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