11 2 Davao Oriental new OIC PENROStakeholders of the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Taytayan, gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Mantunao Eco Park in Brgy. Taytayan, Cateel, Davao Oriental, on October 27, 2021. The newly-installed OIC- PENR Officer of Davao Oriental, For. Pablito M. Ofrecia, together with Punong Barangay Julie O. Castillones, cut ribbon to kick-start the momentous celebration.

Mantunao Eco Park is favored with an aesthetically appealing Tres Marias Falls and Caves—a bountiful haven for wide variety of wildlife species. It is a natural ecotourism site, a Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) tenured area managed by the People’s Organization of Community Forest Program-Taytayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CFP-TMPC).

CFP-TMPC Manager Jupiter Gayanilo says, “Brgy. Taytayan has a lot to offer and has a lot of potential sites. Apart from tourism, we are also agriculturally copious. In fact, we are proud to be the only rice processing center of the province.”

Municipal ENR Officer Lesa Vitor, on one hand, believed that Taytayan’s adjacent barangays are also teeming with potential spots. Officer Vitor encouraged the said BLGUs to package and enhance these areas as a budding tourist attraction.

Committee Chair on Tourism Nemesio C. Magno III likewise stressed that the ecopark has been sustained and continually developed due to the unified and unwavering efforts and partnership with the inhabitants and the local government unit of Cateel. All of which redound for the good and welfare of its stakeholders—a best practice for further development and improvement.

In essence, stakeholders’ collaboration and the protection and conservation of Brgy. Taytayan’s natural resources go inseparable. “No matter how tight and strengthened the relationship with the stakeholders, BLGU and the DENR, if the resource is destroyed, it will all be useless.” OIC- PENR Officer Ofrecia emphasized.