Makilala Eco-Adventure Park under new management

Amas, Kidapawan City – Considered as the longest Zipline in Asia, the Makilala Eco-Adventure Park’s management was recently turned-over to the Local Government Unit of Makilala from the Provincial Government of Cotabato.

The program was highlighted by the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Provincial Government, LGU Makilala and Barangay Local Government of New Israel represented by Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza, Mayor Rudy Caoagdan and Barangay Chairperson Eduardo Delfin Sr., respectively.

Based on the MOA, the Provincial Government shall extend technical assistance while the LGU-Makilala is responsible for the necessary maintenance, rehabilitation and sustainability plan of the zipline.  The BLGU on the other hand, is expected to spearhead environmental initiatives such as tree growing projects and shall implement measures against illegal logging activities and will also ensure that the religious premises are preserved.

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In addition, the agreement also binds the three (3) local government units that in terms of income 60% shall go to LGU Makilala, 30% to the BLGU and the remaining 10% for the Provincial Government.

The signing was also witnessed by Tourism Infrastructure & Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Assistant Chief Operation Officer Engr. Nestor Domalanta and Department of Energy–Energy Development Corporation (DOE-EDC) Officer-In-charge Miguel Lorenzo de Vera along with Board Member Noel Baynosa, Magpet Vice Mayor Rogelio Marañon, and Aleosan Mayor Vicente Sorupia.

In an interview, Governor’s Office Public Affairs Assistance Tourism Sports and Development Division (PAATSDD) Officer-in-Charge Josephine Abellana has mentioned that prior to turn-over of management, major preparations were undertaken such as creation of Technical Working Group composed of Provincial and LGU Makilala employees. It is purposely intended to assure documents are scrutinized and managerial responsibility was understood.

Over the last 4 years in its operation, the 7-million worth of project already generated local employment where some local villagers were employed as porters and tour guide. Technical assistance were also extended and led to the massive cutflower production and promotion of organic vegetable garden.

In his message, Mayor Caoagdan said he was overwhelmed of the trust given to him by the provincial leadership and the unending efforts of the people of New Israel to keep the tourism in their area dynamic.

“We are ready to accept this new challenge. We are ready because we never felt that we are alone in this. Thank you to all our partners and for the support you have extended to us.”

Also turned-over are the 2 Tourism Lounge Buildings funded by TIEZA. The project is worth 10.6M intended for other income generating projects of the people in New Israel. (MJ Gabion Kinkito, PGO- IDCD/Media Center)




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