Eco Park opens in Davao Oriental town

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Davao Oriental formally opened the Mantunao Eco Park in Baranga Taytayan, Cateel town on October 27, 2021.

The opening ceremony was led by Forester Pablito M. Ofrecia, the newly-installed PENR Officer in Davao Oriental together with Taytayan Barangay Captain Julie O. Castillones.

The Mantunao Eco Park is favored with an aesthetically appealing Tres Marias Falls and caves. The place is also considered the bountiful haven for a wide variety of wildlife species. It is a natural ecotourism site and a tenured area under the Community-Based Forest Management program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The place is being managed by the Community Forest Program-Taytayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CFP-TMPC), an active people’s organization that is based in the area.

“Barangay Taytayan has a lot to offer through the number of potential sites. Apart from tourism, we are also agriculturally abundant. In fact, we are proud to be the only rice processing center in the province,” said CFP-TMPC Manager Jupiter Gayanilo during the opening ceremony of the park. 

The possibility of developing the tourism potentials of the neighboring barangays of Taytayan was also raised by Cateel Municipal Environment Officer Lesa Vitor during the occasion.

Vitor encouraged the local officials of said barangays to package and enhance their areas as promising tourist attractions.

Meanwhile, Councilor Nemesio C. Magno III, the Committee on Tourism chair recognized the continuing efforts to develop and sustain the Mantunao Eco Park.

He also cited the efforts and partnerships of all stakeholders, including the local government unit of Cateel and the residents of Barangay Taytayan in maintaining and sustaining the beauty of the park.

In his message, PENRO Ofrecia highlighted the effective partnership and collaboration of stakeholders in the protection and conservation of the Mantunao Eco Park.

“The strengthened relationships among our stakeholders, the barangay officials, and the DENR will turn useless if the natural resources at the Mantunao Eco Park are destroyed,” Ofrecia said. (PR)