Check inland resorts

Only 2 of Marilog tourism establishments have permits: councilor

THE RESOLUTION creating a task force that will inspect tourism resorts in Marilog District and Times Beach in Matina was passed on suspended rules on Tuesday, March 20.

“There is a need to look into these establishments if they indeed followed the ordinances of the city, including the Amended Tourism Code as to their integrity, minimum standards to be complied with, as well as environmental and other concerns,” Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, author of the resolution, said.

According to Alejandre, there are 30 inland resorts in Marilog but so far, only Seagull Mountain Resort and Hill 88 Hideaway have business permits.

In the resolution, Alejandre cited that under Sec. 16 of the Amended Tourism Code, an inspection team comprised of the City Tourism Operation Office, a representative from the Tourism Council of Davao City and a third-party auditor, is formed to conduct ocular inspections of tourism establishments and immediate premises for the purpose of determining whether they have complied with the provisions of the law.

“The inspection team under the Amended Tourism Code is hereby urged to form a Task Force comprised of its membership as well as other agencies, such as the Business Bureau, the City Planning as Development Office, the City Engineer’s Office, the Department of Tourism and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office, to inspect these tourism establishments,” the resolution read.

Alejandre also stressed that tourism establishments, both belonging to primary and secondary tourism enterprises, must be duly registered and accredited, and follow the minimum standards set forth by law.

He also noted that the head of the task force is the City Tourism Office.

“As of now, I do not know if the copies of this resolution are furnished to the concerned agencies for their information and appropriate action,” said Alejandre.

All the barangays of Marilog are covered by the ancestral domain title awarded to the Obu-Manuvu tribes. The communal property covers 20,930 hectares. Meanwhile, nearly 3,000 Matigsalug-Manobo tribes in six barangays in Marilog were also awarded certificates of ancestral domain titles spanning 26,633 hectares.

The local government, for its part, wants to craft a development plan covering the Lumad areas in the city’s fringes. The project is called Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan covering 12 barangays located in Marilog and Baguio districts, covering 36,713.52 hectares under Obu-Manuvu clans.

The barangays include Carmen, Tawan-tawan, Cadalian, Tambobong, Tamayong, Marilog, Baganihan, Magsaysay, Malamba, Dalag, Suawan, and Bantol, as well as the municipalities of Arakan and Magpet.

Among the common issues faced by the Lumads as the selling of lands to non-IPs, the susceptibility of erosion and landslide, as well as the fact that a fault traverses the ancestral domain.