LOBOC, Bohol – Telling Loboc townsfolk led by Mayor Helen Calipusan Alaba not to give up tourism, Mark Tadeo Lapid, chief operations officer of Tourism Infastructure and Enterprises Zone Authority (TIEZA), assured this town of more funds for tourism-related projects. The assurance came as the TIEZA’s officer said that an additional Php50 million for Chocolate hills viewing deck and another fund for the light along the river banks of this river cruising capital town of Bohol.
The viewing deck of the eco-tourism zipline and the power lighting system along the river banks were destroyed by 2013 earthquake and floods brought about by tropical typhoon last year, respectively.
Lapid, who has been here for many times already inspecting tourism projects in the province, was the guest during the formal opening of the docking facility for floating restaurants, which was destroyed by the earthquake.
In ceremonial ribbon-cuting yesterday, Lapid was assisted by Gov. Edgar Chatto, Mayor Helen Claipusan, Vice-Mayor Pablio Sumampong and former Mayor Leon Calipusan and other officials.
He said that tourism industry is still eyeing to hit mark of 10 million this year but admitted that some 5 million was already attained.
Bohol has contributed much on this score, he said.
Lapid took his lunch with officials on board floating restaurant on the way to Busay falls upstream and back prior to his departure to the city yesterday.
For her part, Mayor Alaba expressed her profound gratitude to Lapid for the assistance the town received from TIEZA.
TIEZA also has poured a hefty Php60 millionfor the Sandugo shrine in Tagbilaran City, he said.
Meanwhile, Lapid said that the formal turnover of the completed sanitary landfill in Alburquerque town would take place on first week of October. (rvo)