Quantcast
Latest Stories
HOMETOWN SNAPSHOT

River cruise showcases mangroves, tribe culture


TAGUM CITY—The city government pushed its eco-tourism program a notch higher by formally opening the Tancuan-Nabintad river system cruise on Friday last week.

The river system, which traverses the villages of Bincungan, Liboganon, Busaon and Madaum, hosts a large mangrove area.

Mayor Rey Uy said the river cruise was not only aimed at educating locals and tourists alike on the importance of mangroves but also the need to make the river system clean at all times.

“This project was borne out of our desire to clean and rehabilitate our rivers and its ecosystem. An idea then came up to us of organizing this river cruise just like that of Loboc,” Uy said, referring to the river in Bohol where tourists cruise aboard a floating restaurant serenaded by a rondalla.

Clean up

The mayor said the idea was hatched five years after the city cleaned up the Tancuan, Nabintad and Liboganon rivers, which feed into the Davao Gulf.

Shrubs and trees growing on their banks were uprooted and planted with mangrove trees to attract fish. The city also demolished fish cages and other illegal structures that had obstructed the flow of the river and impeded the passage of water crafts.

“Many fishermen resented (the tearing down of the structures) but there was no other choice. We nevertheless tried to explain to them that what we’re doing was for the environment. They gradually relented,” the mayor added.

The city government spent between P12 million and P15 million for the dredging and rehabilitation of the rivers, Uy said.

A fleet of 15 outrigger-fitted motorboats forms the backbone of the river tours. Each boat can carry up to 10 passengers, who “will be treated with wonderful sights, sounds and tastes while sailing along the 7.5-kilometer long Tancuan River,” he said.

“The city wants visitors to experience and appreciate the rich culture of Muslim communities along the river banks, specifically that of the Kalagan tribe,” Uy said.

The boats set out from a wooden dock near a restaurant in Bincungan village. For two hours, the boats  traverse the more than seven-kilometer Tancuan River, its banks spruced with mangroves, some of them decades-old, and its waters clear and green, mirroring the verdant foliage on its banks.

There are stopovers at four points where visitors can disembark to eat, drink, sight-see and shop.

One of the stops is a forest park in Liboganon village, where visitors can trudge on a bamboo walkway (boardwalk) and Kalagan women sell delicacies such as jampok, amik and panyalam and souvenir shirts and tribal trinkets.

Another stop downstream reminds one of the floating markets in Ratchaburi, Thailand, Uy said.

Here, village women sell their produce, and shirts, on bamboo rafts locally known as gakit.

Other stops include the cultural village of the Kalagans also in Liboganon, where visitors can taste the local delicacies, watch Kalagan dancers perform and the women weave indigenous cloth.  They can also dine in stops where a buffet lunch of soft-shell crabs and other seafood are served.

“We see to it that the locals’ participation is sustained. After all, this is their project. This is a community endeavor,” Alma Uy, chairperson of the Tagum City tourism council, a non-government organization, said. She is also the mayor’s wife.

Mrs. Uy said for the P320 they charge each visitor, half goes to the boatmen while the rest is divided for the tour operators, the four village councils, tour guides and the city tourism council.

“For now, we can only cater to a small number of visitors at a given time so we encourage them to book two days before their cruise so we can make all the necessary arrangements,” she said. Frinston L. Lim, Inquirer Mindanao


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Davao , Eco-tourism , Education , environment , Mangroves , Regions , Tagum , Tribe culture




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
Advertisement

News

  • Smooth Edsa ride up in 2 years, but…
  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement