The development of Talikud Island as a tourist mecca is on top of the priorities of Davao del Norte Congressman Anthony G. del Rosario (AGR).
AGR spelled out his plan for the biggest islet of Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) as he preps up to take on the governorship after the May election.
The victory of AGR, son of retiring Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, is a given in the battle for the top Capitol post against independent candidate Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio.
Igacos in the middle of the Davao Gulf across Davao City at the mainland is touted as the biggest tourist island in the country.
AGR said he would focus on developing Talikud Island into another Boracay, the country’s biggest tourist drawing destination in the country, located in Western Visayas.
Igacos, with volume of tourist arrivals growing year by year, is being promoted by the Department of Tourism as a major tourist destination in the country.
TALIKUD Island on the Island Garden City of Samal is set to be the next Boracay of the south with the implementation of the P5.8-million Open Beach Line project.
The project aims to establish Samal’s biggest islet, known for its long white sand beaches and world-class diving sites, as a model in sustainable tourism development, along with enhanced competitiveness and investment promotion of the tourism-related businesses in the province of Davao del Norte.
It will be funded under the third batch of beneficiaries under Canadian government-financed Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED) to be implemented from 2014-2016.
The LGSP-LED is an $18-million, eight-year bilateral project in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that provides LGUs technical know-how in improving their business environment to be more competitive, attractive to investments, and conducive to job creation.