Celso discovers hidden waterfalls in Dulian PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 15:50

Barangay Dulian in upper Bunguiao in the east coast boasts of a hidden treasure that can become one of the city’s attractions for eco-tourism.  A trek into its rugged and steep terrain will lead one to some secret waterfalls that plunge down a narrow drop-off into a natural pool where one can go for a refreshing swim.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and Councilors Percival Ramos, VP Elago and Eddie Saavedra, some city government  personnel and barangay officials last November 28 trekked the rugged and muddy slopes of Dulian to inaugurate one after the other 7 infrastructure projects worth over P6 million as well as to inspect areas where other government structures can be implemented to accelerate delivery of public service.  What they found was a hidden treasure deep in the forest: a scenic waterfalls.

Located some 42 kilometers east of the city, Dulian is bounded on the north by barangay Bungiao, on the east by Bolong and Lubigan, on the south by Quiniput and on the west by Zamboanga del Norte. It has a mountainous landscape of fertile rainforests and rugged and steep terrain. Its population is pegged at over 3,000 people based on the 2007 census.

A walk along a marked footpath for about 20 minutes downwards from the newly-inaugurated Dulian Elementary School will bring one to the hidden waterfalls—beautiful and unspoiled, which can very well become one of the city’s primary sites for eco-tourism. Walking through the path requires one to tightly hold the security ropes placed along the footpath as the steps are jagged and slippery.

Despite his exhaustion, Mayor Lobregat could not help but kick off his shoes and waded into the cold and clear water that falls into a natural pool joining some residents who were already enjoying the scenery when he and his team arrived.  “The dip was a welcome respite after the series of inauguration and the long walk”, he declared.

Impressed by the potentials of the hidden treasure, Mayor Lobregat said the Dulian waterfalls can be a perfect site for ecotourists or adventure tourists who wish to get up close and personal with the natural world.

Meanwhile, Mayor Celso Lobregat took pride in the inauguration of several infrastructure projects amounting to P6.2 million the city government under his administration has implemented in the remote barangay of Dulian, Upper Bunguiao in the east coast.

Unveiled one after the other were the concreting of the 354-linear meter road in Dulian Centro amounting to P1,155,417.42, concreting of Dulian-Masaba road at 295 linear meters long amounting to P956,879.56, road concreting in Dulian Centro to Camp Lourdes at 343 linear meters in length in the amount of P1,441,286.94, rehabilitation of Dulian Health Center worth P348,771.72, construction of Multi-Purpose Building worth P529,824.36.

Also inaugurated on the same day were the rehabilitated two-storey building with six classrooms worth P1,198,710 at Dulian Elementary School, and newly constructed three-room building amounting to P1,197,932.82 at Udjung Elementary School in the nearby Barangay Bunguiao.

At the same time, the mayor announced that more projects and assistance will be given to Barangay Dulian that would include construction of a new barangay hall, a 4x4 service vehicle once approved and more roads to be concreted.

In Udjung, Bunguiao, he also assured reconstruction of a three-room building which is now severely dilapidated.

Joining the mayor in the series of turnovers that lasted more than five hours were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Ramos, Eddie Saavedra and VP Elago together with City Hall Chief Executive Assistant Mario Roca, and the officials of both barangays. -- Sheila Covarrubias