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City gov’t exploring river
tourism potential

The Bacolod City government is exploring the tourism potentials of the Barangays Sum-ag and Cabug river channel in its drive to develop man-made tourist attractions and protect the river bank environment.

City Administrator John Orola, Barangay Captains Benjamin Macasa Sr., Juan Zunel Malayang and Rufino Alcala of Sum-ag, Cabug and Punta Taytay, respectively, are coordinating with the private sector in the area on the proposed project, a press release from Orola’s office said.

The VMA Global College, a maritime school and training center, represented by PCGA Elizabeth Orola-Salabas, commodore of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Danny Fernandez of Sum-ag Multi-Purpose Cooperative, will be involved in the project that proposes to provide activities like a floating restaurant and river cruises, the press release said.

Orola, chairman of West Visayas Tourism Council, said the project, which is similar to the Loboc river cruise program in Bohol, may be able to offer other features to make it more unique and attractive especially to foreign tourists.

Eco-tourism tours, adventure tours and sports tourism are among the tourism products that Bacolod can offer to local and foreign tourist, the press release said.

The Sum-ag-Cabug river cruise exploration is scheduled on Thursday at 12:30 p.m., it added.*

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