Bacolod eyeing its rivers as ecotourism attraction

BACOLOD CITY, Feb. 25 (PNA) — Aside from having its famous MassKara festival, the city government here has started exploring the possibilities of making its rivers the metro’s next top eco-tourism destination.

City Administrator Jhon Orola said in a statement that the channels of Sum-ag and Cabug Rivers in the southern portion of the city proper are currently being explored to tap its tourism potentials.

The river exploration is in line with the city’s tourism drive to develop a man-made tourism attraction and strengthen the protection of its river banks.

The tourism-oriented project has already earned the support of Chairpersons Benjamin V. Macasa, Sr. of Barangay Sum-ag, Juan Zonuel Malayang of Barangay Cabug and Rufino Alcala of Barangay Punta Taytay.

Once finished, Orola said they are eyeing to establish floating restaurant, river cruise and other water sports activities to energize the eco-tourism industry here.

All these proposals, he said, will be made in partnership with VMG Global College president Dr. Elizabeth Salabas and Danny Fernandez of Sum-ag Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Orola, who also chairs the city’s tourism council, said the proposed river cruise will be similar to Lobok Cruise program in Bohol but it may have other features to make it more unique and attractive to foreign tourists.

The Sum-ag-Cabug cruise exploration is set on Feb. 28 at 12:30 p.m. (PNA)



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