04 November 2011
REPRESENTATIVE Rufus B. Rodriguez of the 2nd District, this city supports the idea of renaming the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) into the â€œCagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Airportâ€ to attain global impact.
The suggestion to rename the airport came from Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO), when he was here for the inauguration of the newly-renovated Radio Ng Bayan-DXIM of the Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS) along San Agustin-Velez Sts., this city, recently.
â€œRenaming LIA to CDO-MisOr Airport would give way for â€˜easy recallâ€™ to the foreign tourists and can ride on the popularity of CDO, which has already carved a niche in the world tourist map,â€ the PCOO Secretary said.
A former Undersecretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the government agency that implements the construction of the LADP, the PCOO Secretary said the airport, should lure more foreign tourists into Northern Mindanao.
Once operational, the airport would now truly become the â€œGateway to Northern Mindanao,â€ which is a very good destination for tourists.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez said he is looking into projects that would improve the tourism industry in the region, because of its many potentials to improve the livelihood of the residents, not only of those living near the LADP, but also in the neighboring areas.
He said tourism has many downside industries that can benefit the residents, because tourists would need transportation in going from one destination to another.
They need food to eat. They need places or hotels to stay. They need souvenirs to bring home. They need tourist guides. They need people to do their laundry and they are willing to spend their money to make their visit worthwhile.
So far, the region has many destinations which can be reached in just a single day from the LADP, so that government projects leading towards these areas must be put in place before the it operates, he said.
â€œIn fact, I demanded that the Department of Tourism (DOT) Budget for 2012 be revised, during the recent budget hearing, when I saw that the road improvement leading to the White Water River Rafting and F.S. Catanico Falls in the city, were not included in their budget proposal,â€ Rodriguez said.
He said DOT now have allocated Php20 million, each, for the improvement of the roads leading to these areas, next year.
Among others, the Congressman mentioned the following destinations, which are accesiblen to the tourists:
Eco Gardens of Malasag in Cagayan de Oro City and the Natureâ€™s Adventure Park in Initao, this province.
Dahilayan Zip Line, Transfiguration Church, Del Monte Pineapple Plantation and the Flower Farms in Bukidnon.
Maria Cristina Falls, Timoga Cold Springs and Macapagal Ancestral Home in Iligan City and Tinago Falls in Linamon, Lanao del Norte. (pia-10)By: Richie Cabahug-Aguhob