City wants to make wharf into baywalk

FROM PORT TO BAYWALK. A scavenger pedals an improvised bicycle cart towards the main gate of Sta. Ana Port in Davao City on Monday afternoon. The city government of Davao through the City tourism Office (CTO) is planning to develop Sta. Ana Port into a Baywalk to strengthen the tourism industry in the city. LEAN DAVAL JR.
FROM PORT TO BAYWALK. A scavenger pedals an improvised bicycle cart towards the main gate of Sta. Ana Port in Davao City on Monday afternoon. The city government of Davao through the City tourism Office (CTO) is planning to develop Sta. Ana Port into a Baywalk to strengthen the tourism industry in the city. LEAN DAVAL JR.

The City Tourism Office of Davao City, in an attempt to strengthen the tourism industry, is now working to transform the Sta. Ana Wharf into a Baywalk.

CTO chief Gene Rose Tecson revealed told reporters at the regular Kapehan sa Dabaw in SM City Davao on Monday that among the developments that will be introduced at the wharf include the planting of trees, grasses and the development of a promenade area that will become a venue for various   recreational activities.

It will also serve as a park where stalls and souvenir shops will be established to cater to tourists and visitors.

“We’re going to transform it into a Baywalk. Right now, the area has been cleared in preparation for the project,” Tecson said.

The CTO will also elevate portions of the Wharf especially those that are flooded during high tide.

“We fill the area by one meter and in the middle, we will create small interconnecting islands,” she added.

Tecson said the plan is expected to be implemented by May of this year.

She also told reporters that the project is in line with the terms and reference of the city’s master plan for tourism with the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).

Tecson also reported that CTO has been in full blast on promoting the Visit Davao Fun Sale in cooperation with private sectors.

VDFS is aimed to strengthen the visitor and tourist traffic in Davao City, especially in preparation for the upcoming Kadayawan Festival in August.

CTO, she added, is aiming to turn this year’s Kadayawan Festival into an international event.

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