Friday, June 19, 2009

World Class Resort Eyed in Sulu Island

Children play on a beach in Sulu province in the southern Philippines. Sulu is eyeing the development of Panglima Tahil Island to attract tourists. The island is known for its white sands and pristine beaches. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 19, 2009) - The Sulu provincial government has unveiled a master plan that will see the rising of an ultra-modern beach resort in Panglima Tahil island as a come-on for both local and foreign tourists.

A plan is afoot to build a P50-million resort on this scenic islet that would erase the stigma of Sulu as a war-torn province, the Philippine News Agency reported.

The indefatigable Sulu Governor Sakur Tan said there is plan to develop the Panglima Tahil, about 10 kilometers west of the capital town Jolo, and make it a haven for nature-lovers and tourists.

The island province of Sulu, situated in the southernmost portion of the country, is blessed with rich natural resources.

Tan noted that tapping the island’s potentials could uplift the economic conditions of its citizens. Sulu boasts of its pristine beaches, particularly on the island municipality of Panglima Tahil, where the Sulu provincial government plans to put up the resort, just 10 minutes by boat from Jolo.

The project is geared to put Sulu in the map as a world-class tourist destination and showcase its natural beauty and promote the beautiful province which has been unfairly tagged by media reports as a troubled island.

The establishment of a beach resort on the island will improve the peace and order condition in Sulu because it will bring socioeconomic benefits to the people through job creation and sale of indigenous and local products, thus addressing the high poverty incidence, Tan said.

The beach resort plan is a complex replete with modern recreational facilities such as water sports, diving activities, court games, and production and sale parks for ethnic ware, jewelry, traditional clothes and handicrafts. It will have its own power and water supply system, Tan said.

The project also proposes an artisan village, a venue and school for performing arts and modern telecommunications centers. The governor said the resort hotel will have 100 rooms, including function rooms to cater for conferences and seminars and other social activities.

Tan also said that the proposed beach resort will have modern telecommunications systems such as telephones, internet with wi-fi facilities, satellites, video, television and other amenities.

“The project will generate employment, especially to the local populace.
This will also improve the peace and order situation in the province and remove the wrong perception of the people about Sulu as a war-torn area,” he said.

“This will also locate Sulu in the map of tourism and investment destination in Southern Philippines. It would also bring significant revenues that other investors would see the viability of the tourism industry in the province.”

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