The Davao City Council wants the national government to open direct flights connecting the Davao and Tagbilaran City in Bohol province to invite more tourists and investors, according to a report by Davao Today.
City Council committees on Tourism and Beautification, and Transportation and Communication, in a joint resolution, requested President Rodrigo Duterte to open inbound and outbound routes connecting the two cities.
The request was coursed through the Department of Transportation and Communication, including the Department of Tourism.
In a City Information Office dispatch, Davao Councilor Conrado Baluran, chair of the Committee on Transportation and Communication, said the island of Bohol is “one of the most attractive tourism destinations in the country.”
“Based on studies and tourism statistics, a daily average of 2,000 local and foreign tourists choose Bohol as their destination. Most of these tourists also wish to visit Davao,” said Baluran.
In December, 2011, an airline firm opened a Davao-Bohol maiden flight, heeding the call of both local government units which passed their respective council resolution addressed to Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air.
The Cebu-based Midsea Express utilized the 32-seater jetstream aircraft in flying three times weekly to both destinations.
But the Davao-Bohol flight service fizzled out. Midsea Express did not explain why it halted its Davao-Bohol operation.
9GOV’T PLANNERS CRAFT STRATEGY TO SPUR DEVELOPMENT IN MINDANAO
Government planners are crafting strategy to expand economic opportunities in Mindanao to generate more employment and optimize global opportunities as the Philippines chairs the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations until next year, and tapping the economic zones in Mindanao.
Ernie Tomas, Jr., chief investments promotion division of the Mindanao Development Authority, confirmed joint planning and meeting with the Bureau of Investments and the Davao City Investments and Promotion Center and Department of Trade and Industry, respectively to discuss the expansion of economic opportunities in Mindanao under the Duterte Administration.
He said enhancing business environment for employment generation targets infrastructure development, agriculture and agri-business, tourism development, information technology-business process outsourcing and manufacturing.
Tomas said that under infrastructure development, there are plans about the construction of the Mindanao railway, port and logistics project.
He said reckoning the Mindanao Jobs report study prepared by the World Bank, 21 agri-commodities were evaluated through the value chains.
Tomas said 12 agricultural commodities were identified to be prioritized to spur the economy.
He said on tourism development, biodiversity and ecotourism will be established on the tourism corridor focusing on eco-tourism, medical tourism and the establishment of retirement facilities.
Tomas recognized the presence of IT parks in various cities in Mindanao and the jobs they provide for the residents.
He said manufacturing will be encouraged in economic zones focusing on pharmaceutical, petro-chemical products, and steel industry.
Tomas said the hosting of the ASEAN convention next year brings a lot of global investment opportunities for Mindanao with many activities for both the private and government sectors set to be held in Davao and Palawan and two summits in Clark, Pampanga and Cebu, respectively.
“We will be hosting the BIMP-Eaga senior officials meeting in November in Palawan. Davao City will also be the host for the ‘ASEAN at 50’ activity on January 5,” he said.
Heidi Villanueva, investments planning officer of MinDA, said that there are 80 economic zones in Mindanao which can be broken down into manufacturing, IT-BPM, agro-industry, medical facilities and tourism. (with a report from PNA)