COUNCILOR Lourdes Candy Darimbang, chair of the City Council committee on tourism, on Monday called for support for the development of the Sinulom Falls in Barangay Tignapoloan as one of the city’s tourist destinations.
In her special report during the regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, Councilor Darimbang said she personally visited the site twice upon the invitation of the barangay chairman of Tignapoloan.
She said, the city can be proud of the Sinulom Falls, which is breathtaking and panoramic. She said it is comparable to the Pasonanca Falls in Zamboanga, and other landmark tourist destinations in the country.
She, however, observed that the temporary access road leading to the site is not fully developed, it was steep and rough and difficult to traverse.
According to Darimbang, with the discovery of the potential tourist destination, the local government should extend full support to the development of the area. She cited that tourism is a major player and catalyst in the country’s progress.
In line with this, the councilor filed a proposed resolution declaring Sinulom Falls at Sitio Sinulom, Barangay Tignapoloan as a protected area and a second resolution, requesting the City Council to appropriate funds for the construction of the access road leading to the falls to make it accessible to tourists.
Vice Mayor Acenas referred these to the City Tourism Board for appropriate action. He suggested that the board considers tapping the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for the development of the area.
Councilor Adrian Barba said the ownership of the land and other concerns should also be looked into.
For his part, Councilor Teodulfo Lao said Sinulom Falls can be a source of pride to the city. If the area belongs to Cagayan de Oro, it can be developed as a tourist destination, he cited.