ANDA, Bohol – This town, about 100 kms east of capital Tagbilaran City, is becoming a favourite tourist destination for its magnetic come-ons, such the mystical La Manok island, centuries-old church and its incomparable white powdery long stretch sand beaches, dive sites and of course, the Tarsiers. With incumbent Mayor Metudio “Dodong” Amper at the helm, the town is struggling to make it to, not only in the national scene but also to international tourism radar.
It gives the impression that this 5th class municipality is no longer a sleeping one but has awakened and started to developed with on-going and completed hard infrastructure projects. Mayor Dodong Amper said in an interview yesterday that hard infrastructure in roads in upland barangays are now “felt” by the residents. Soon this will be completed, he said without fear of contradiction.
Before he assumed as local chief executive, mountainous barangays have been the victim of neglect in past administrations. The barangay roads were so rugged and full potholes that no higher official sets foot. Barangay residents remained patient but endured until they saw that government still care for them, the mayor said.
He said that the 7-kilometer stretch to barangays Talisay and Badiang from town proper has been concreted which is recently inaugurated. This road is an access for visitors to wander at La Manok island, said to be magical and mystical island.
Now he is eyeing another infra with the help and cooperation of private companies. This time, he said, there’s a need for an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) for the foreigners, who came here in droves, and domestic visitors to have an easy access for cash withdrawal.
He said that plan would be to put up an ATM kiosk within the municipal hall for free and safe. He said the municipal government may not impose fees or space rental except for business permits, maybe. But this scheme would have an advantage since the money withdrawn from ATM would just circulate here so the the people or business here benefit, he said.
Another raw plan is for his administration to make representation with the telephone firms to install cell sites. Right now, the signal is not so good, he said, thus it drives visitors away. But once there’s a stable signal they’ll stay here, he said. (rvo)