By Billy Begas
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure declaring Lake Himbang in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur an ecotourism site.
The approval of House Bill 10302 was endorsed by the House Committees on Tourism and on Appropriations.
Under the measure, the development of the area will be prioritized by the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Within one year from the enactment of the measure into law, the DOT and other concerned government agencies will prepare a tourism development plan that shall include the construction, installation and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure and facilities to enhance tourism in the area.
The needed funds will be included in the government’s annual budget.