Tourism chief keen on Davao’s bike tourism

A bike at Davao City's Sta. Ana Wharf. The DOT-XI is pursing bike tours around heritage sites in the City.

DAVAO CITY, April 22 (PIA)- Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is keen on bike tourism and is supporting the initiatives in the Davao Region on biking and tourism.

Guesting at the One Davao online presser today (April 22), Sec. Puyat bared that the Department of Tourism-XI has an ongoing bike tourism project in cooperation with the Local Government of Davao City.

These projects are the Japanese Heritage Bike Tour and the Chinatown Bike Tour. The Japanese Heritage tour involves bike routes around old Japanese houses, Japanese office buildings built before World War II when Davao City hosted a large Japanese settlement which centered on Abaca plantations.

The Chinatown bike tour will take bikers around temples and arches around Davao City Chinatown.

Sec. Puyat said she will try out these tours if it will be launched and when she is able to travel here in Davao City.

“I’m expecting na pag nakabisita nako diyan (Davao), when it is safe to do so, gusto kong magbiking, gusto ko i-try itong Japanese history bike tour kasi ang maganda dito may exercise na pero at the same time may historical background…sana hindi lang yon if we could go biking around Region 11 gusto ko iyun  (when I visit there, when it is safe to do so, I would like to do biking, I like to try the Japanese heritage bike tour. Here you can do exercise and at the same time there is historical background…But I hope its not just there, if we could go around Region- 11, I’d like to do that),” the DOT Secretary said.

According to DOT-XI Regional Director Tanya Rabat Tan, they are working closely with the Local Government Unit to realize these bike tours. Aside from Davao City they are partnering with other LGUs in the region as they are looking at developing bike trails for adventure seekers.

On a lighter side, Sec. Puyat said she has tried out biking because of the pandemic and has realized its potential in promoting tourism.

“Last ko biking nung Grade School, tapos dahil sa pandemya sinubukan ko kasi napansin ko pag tumitingin ako sa social media parang lahat nag-bibiking na. so sinubukan ko siya finally a month ago (Last time I went biking was in Grade School but because of the pandemic I tried it out since I noticed when I’m looking at the social media everyone is into biking, so I tried it out last month),” the Secretary recalled.

In her recent visits to Intramuros, El Nido, and Dumaguete the Secretary went biking around to see the sights.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat biking around Intramuros. The Secretary said she wants to try the Davao Japanese Heritage Bike Tour.

Sec. Puyat said the Department will definitely promote bike tourism in the country as based on two travel surveys done by DOT, the travelers are looking for places with open air and open spaces. These travelers  prefer biking activities where they can explore different locales.

“Biking nga lumabas sa survey kasi by its very nature mag-isa ka lang naman, may physical distancing. So meron kami with the Tourism Promotions Board were are promoting biking, hindi lang motor pero yung manual din gaya ng ginagawa ko. Because it’s the best way to see the country  and lalo na ngayon na health-conscious na ang mga tao, it’s the best exercise (Biking appeared in the surveys because by its very nature you are along, there is physical distancing, together with the Tourism Promotions Board we are promoting biking not just motorcycles but also manual like what I’m using…. And moreso now people are more health-conscious this is the best exercise),“ the DOT Secretary said.  (PIA/RG Alama)

 

 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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