Kidapawan City – that REAL gateway to the country’s highest mountain, Mt. Apo – may unwillingly constantly end up being in the shadows of the bigger and not-that-far cities of Davao, Cotabato and General Santos. But, sans losing hope for the city to make a huge mark as a big-time tourist destination, the city government here allocated P6.5 million for tourism infrastructure projects, particularly focused on boosting the eco-tourism industry in the city.
The funds will be allocated to such project as the rehabilitation of Mt. Apo, with P5 million to be spent to improve current trails to ensure safety and convenience to trekkers; and the installation of hanging bridges, restrooms, multi-purpose buildings and bathing area.
The remaining P1.5 million is allotted for the development of Paniki Falls and Eco-river Park in the forest-covered area of Barangay Perez. Specifically, to be constructed there will be cottages and restrooms, as well as new trails.
Kidapawan City – a major tourist destination in Region 12, with approximately 500,000 tourist arrivals in 2016 – was recently recognized by the Guinness Book of World Record for holding the “Largest Chachacha” with 14,727 participants.
If in search of Region 12 destination, this one’s a sure bet.