By Ric Obedencio | 08:02 PM January 28, 2023
If plan does not miscarry, Carmen, considered to be a first class agricultural town, is eyeing to put up a golf course in a 12-hectare of rolling hills located in Poblacion, incumbent Mayor Conchita “Che” Toribio-Delos Reyes said in a media interview.
Mayor delos Reyes said that the said plan has not been yet in the drawing board, but for now, it is her plan “to level up Carmen.”
She said that the 18-hole golf course that is not so complicated, aside from maintaining the grass, could attract the rich, who may come here at the same time view the Chocolate Hills, now being managed by the town.
Another major project she is eyeing to accomplish is the completion of the Carmen Municipal College (MCC) to cater the graduates of 11 secondary schools located in this town.
She said that she’s very much concerned over the plight of high school students who are into far away places just to get college diploma. If the college here is finished, she wanted to open it up on next school year or on August this year.
On agriculture, which the town folks are largely relying on their livelihood, the mayor said that she wanted that there should be ample market where farmers can sell their produce. She said like Ube, there’s no market that could buy the root crops. That’s why she could not campaign yet for Ube growers to plant more of the tuber.
But Carmen town has actively participated in the launching of Ube festival in Tagbilaran City where she was present during its opening at the old city airport last week.
The mayor said that there appears to be a snag of getting rid of unwanted and unnecessary trees that grow and covered the view of each hill of the Chocolate Hills area.
She said that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) allowed only one tree (or one at a time) to be cleared.
She said that arrangement on tree clearing that cover the hills is underway, however, so that all the hills covered by trees be cleared without further undergoing the strict DENR-PAMB guidelines on pruning or cutting trees. (rvo)