by Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon
SAPANG DALAGA, Misamis Occidental (PIA)—To boost outdoor activities while also maximizing the potential of its tourist sites, Sapang Dalaga’s “Floating Playground” officially opened and is ready to entertain visitors and tourists located at Caluya, Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental, along with the other popular tourist spots in Sapang Dalaga, namely the Caluya Floating Cottages and Caluya Shrine.
The floating playground covers an area of 3,500 square meters, including an inflatable island and waterpark. This is equivalent to the size of four basketball courts.
Governor Henry S. Oaminal, together with First District Rep. Jason P. Almonte, Sapang Dalaga Mayor Donjie Animas, and other mayors, led the ribbon cutting of the new Sapang Dalaga “Floating Playground,” March 18, the first of its kind in the Province of Misamis Occidental.
Sapang Dalaga Mayor Donjie Animas said that the main goal of the “Sapang Dalaga Floating Playground” is to help the people of Sapang Dalaga and give them more job opportunities.
“Ang lugar sa Caluya, ang lugar sa Sapang Dalaga nga importante ang establishment nato safe and secured mao na’y pinakaimportante. Akong gi-capture ang oportunidad nga kini nga establishment usa kini nga makapaasenso sa lungsod sa Sapang Dalaga, labi na sa Caluya aron makahatag og employment ug usa kini ka instrumento aron moasenso ta diri sa Misamis Occidental,” the mayor said.
(The area of Caluya, the area of Sapang Dalaga are where it is important that our establishment is safe and secure. I captured the opportunity that this establishment is one that can further promote the town of Sapang Dalaga, especially Caluya, in order to provide employment, and this is an instrument to promote us here in Misamis Occidental)
Meanwhile, Governor Henry S. Oaminal shared that tourism is one of the major programs of his administration, highlighting the 5Ms, Misamisnon Magpuyong Malinawon, Malambuon ug Malipayon (Misamis residents to live peacefully, progressively, and happily).
“Magmalinawon gyud ta gawas nga ang atong kapulisan, atong kasundaluhan are working very hard to maintain, preserve our peace and order, and further improve what has to be improved. Kini atong mga facilities ug atong mga programa dako pud ni og tabang magpuyong malinawon. Ang atong kabataan nga malayo na sa ginadili nga droga kay naa man ta’y mga lugar nga ilang ka anhian,” he emphasized.
(We’ll live peacefully, aside from the fact that our police and army are working very hard to maintain, preserve our peace and order and further improve what has to be improved. These facilities and our programs will hugely help us live peacefully. Our children are far away from illegal drugs because we have places for them to come)
The governor also emphasized that the goals for tourism in Misamis Occidental are to attract more investors, provide employment opportunities, and generate revenues.
“Ang turismo maka-invite ug daghang turista, domestic and international, so gawas nga it will improve our economic condition, it will also improve sa atong ekonomiya, it will create job opportunities, and then it will also increase the local revenues of the local government,” the governor said.
(Tourism can invite many tourists, domestic and international, so besides improving our economic condition, it will also improve our economy, it will create job opportunities, and then it will also increase the local revenues of the local government)
As part of its efforts to boost the tourism sector, Oaminal strongly supports the further development of existing and new tourist destinations in the province of Misamis Occidental.
The local government will give P12 million in enhancement support for the development of a tourism program in Sapang Dalaga town.
In an interview, Lilibeth Bagundol Nagal, a resident of Barangay Caluya, was amazed at the newest attraction.
“Perting gyud nindota tungod kay first ever nga nia’y floating playground sa Misamis Occidental, especially located gyud diri ra pud sa Sapang Dalaga. Unya maka-attract pud ni sa mga tao nga mubisita dinhi dili lang sa floating cottages, sauna kun dili add up gyud ni nga amenities. Dako gyud kaayo og ikatabang kay unang una ang turismo, dako kaayo nagkatabang ug makadugang pud og mga panarbaho sa mga katawhan labi na nga labi na niini nga dapit,” she shared.
(It’s really beautiful because it’s the first ever floating playground in Misamis Occidental, especially located right here in Sapang Dalaga. Then it can attract people to come here, not just for the floating cottages but also for the amenities, especially in this area. This will be a big help, first to the tourism industry, and it will also help to add employment for the people, especially the residents who live nearby)
Both kids and adults can enjoy over 32 fun activities on the playground, making it the perfect place to have fun with family, friends, and even colleagues at work.
Among the activities you can enjoy are the giant Tarzan swings, human launcher, iceberg, trampoline that fits 10 people jumping all together. Some other features of the play area are the giant slides, donuts, giant hotdog, mountain slide, mini Tarzan swing, and more. (SMRN/PIA-10/Misamis Occidental)