More jobs are expected in Barili town with the municipal government’s efforts to become one of the tourist hubs in southern Cebu.
Mayor Marlon Garcia said on Thursday, June 18, that this is in response to the challenge of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to revive the economy crushed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the Mayors' Consultative Meeting on June 17, Gov. Gwen assured local chief executives that the Cebu Provincial Government will assist the local government units on projects for economic recovery.
Mayor Marlon disclosed that they have an approved loan of P200 million from the Land Bank of the Philippines that would support their infrastructure projects which include the town’s public market, improvement of the livestock market, Bolocboloc resort, and modernized slaughterhouse, among others.
“This speaks of employment. This also generates income for Barili. Pila na ka years nahimong sleeping town ang Barili. I think this will boost the economy, especially sa tourism nga gilaraw nato,” he said.
Mayor Marlon added that his town has the largest livestock market in the region located in Barangay Mantalongon, which has an area of seven hectares.
“Akong gi-prepare ang livestock market kay how can we sustain if we couldn’t keep up with the times. Mao hinay-hinay nato i-modernize ang livestock market,” he said, adding that all of the town's products will be available at all times during the “Tabo sa Mantalogon."
Aside from the famous Mantayupan Falls, Bolocboloc resort and dolphin-watching will be added as the highlights of the town's tourism industry.
The mayor shared that Bolocboloc Natural Spring Pool used to be the destination of some famous personalities. Under his administration, he will revive and develop it into a more user-friendly wave pool.
Bolocboloc spring water is located in Barangay Bolocboloc and has two existing swimming pools with sulphuric water which have medicinal and therapeutic effects.
Meanwhile, dolphins can be seen from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am everyday within Barili's municipal waters. Marlon said this will soon be available as a tourist destination.
He also shared that they are developing the Bangag-Lapus road which is suitable for jogging along its scenic view. Currently, around 200 persons jog in the area everyday.
“We are always looking forward to be a tourist destination. In fact we were once a tourist destination because of our waterfalls (Mantayupan Falls). It is the tallest waterfalls in the region,” he said.
“Ato i-explore tanan natong mahimo to improve this town. Ngano kaya man sa ubang town from nothing to something? Like Loboc, it’s a river they developed into a (tourism site with) floating restaurants. We will think of innovative ways to invite local tourism,” he said. (Mylen Manto)