By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa
KITCHARAO, Agusan del Norte — The Lantawan Eco Park in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte is projected to help improve the municipality’s fiscal condition, with the continuing influx of tourists assuring income for the local government.
The Lantawan Eco Park was a concealed tourist attraction due to road inaccessibility and absence of tourism facilities.
This however change, when the municipality was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping and received the Performance Challenge Fund worth P1 million. The municipality used this fund along with another P1 million it provided as LGU counterpart to establish tourism-support facilities in Lantawan Eco Park.
The project includes construction of access road, installation of potable water facilities, electric power supply, and setting up of public toilet and kiosks to improve the area. The implementation started on February 16, 2011 and reached its completion on April 30, 2012.
About two months after the project completion, a record of 2,680 tourists already visited the eco park. The Municipality of Kitcharao is positive that this will provide revenues arising out of profits from Lantawan Eco Park’s income-generating tourism facilities.
To support the gains for the development of Lantawan eco park, Roberto R. Calubag, Jr., the OIC-Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDO) of the Municipality of Kitcharao has requested the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) to install a power transformer at the Lantawan Eco-Park to stabilize the 220 volts power supply required for the submersible pump and other tourism infrastructure facilities in the area.
The Municipal Tourism Coordinating Council is likewise on the process of formulating the Comprehensive Tourism Master Plan and the Sangguniang Bayan is crafting an ordinance to promote and protect eco tourism development in Kitcharao. (PIA 13-Caraga)