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P12.8M for Talisay boardwalk, fire victims
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Monday, December 14, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia handed the Capitol’s P12.8 million financial assistance to Talisay City Mayor Samsam Gullas for the city’s boardwalk project and relief for their displaced fire victims. (Tonee Despojo)

Talisay City Mayor Gerald “Samsam” Gullas received a total of P12.8 million from the Cebu Provincial Government today, December 14.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia turned over two cheques to Gullas, one worth P12 million and the other worth around P800,000, at the Provincial Governor’s Office.

In an interview, Gullas disclosed that the financial help worth P800,000 is for around 400 residents of Barangay Tangke displaced by a fire in September, while the P12 million is for a boardwalk project in Barangay Poblacion.

“Magpasalamat ko ni Gov Gwen nga kanunay nagsuporta diri kanamo sa City of Talisay. The 12 million will be for our boardwalk project. We already have a site development and kini nga amount magamit ni sa landscaping, playground for children, space for senior citizens, and to make a good tourism spot in Barangay Poblacion where we plan to put a lechon (roast pig) food court, a boardwalk, and to emphasize our Landing (site) and make it a tourism destination in the Province of Cebu,” Gullas said.

In a Facebook post last August 6, 2019, Gullas already expressed that one of his priority projects is to improve the Talisay City Plaza and the Landing Site.

The Landing Site is the Talisay Liberation Park. The place serves as the “center of guerilla intelligence operations during the Second World War.”

According to local historians, “Americans landed in the site when they returned to the Philippines in 1945. The Talisay Liberation Park commemorates this momentous event in the history of the country.”

Talisay City pushes for agro-tourism in its mountainsides most especially in Campinsa, a ‘sitio’ (sub-village) of upland Barangay Manipis noted for its cool weather that allows for scenic views of misty mountains, vantage view of a gorge where Mananga River traverses, flower farms and verdant landscape.

He said he has earlier instructed the Talisay City Tourism Office on an inventory of tourism spots such as caves and waterfalls, an example of which is Igutan Cave and Waterfalls in Barangay Jaclupan.

“Hinaut mahuman na ning Covid, so we can put a serious nga budget sa pagpanindot ug pagpalambo sa tourism,” he added.

Gullas said that the Talisay City Government is keen on promoting a “biking destination” as far as Barangay Manipis is concerned. (Eleanor Valeros)