DAVAO DEL NORTE, 07 April (PIA)-- The Kapihan sa Kapitolyo yesterday afternoon merged the seemingly far-off topics: tourism, spiritual and moral recovery in observance of the Holy Week next week.
Brought to the panel of guests were Davao del Norte Provincial Tourism Officer Noel Daquioag and Spiritual and Moral Recovery Program (SMRP) provincial coordinator, Rev. Dr Edwin Santos.
At the finale of the hour-one discussion, both guests found a point of unity in thoughts, that all should reflect while taking a time off from work during the Holy Week.
Rev. Dr. Santos discussed the major initiatives of the provincial government in line with its thrust on spiritual and moral recovery, bearing the same acronym “AGR”.
The “Aksyon Gabay tungo sa Repormasyon” (AGR) is designed for drug dependents who have voluntarily surrendered while the “Ako Godly at Responsible” (AGR) is created for the youth to stay away from drugs and from pre-marital sex.
The SMRP is complementing efforts of the Provincial Government to provide the necessary intervention for drug dependents. It takes responsibility to extend psycho-social, moral and spiritual remedies.
“The problem with drug addiction is connection; connection with family, with the community and connection with God,” he said.
Rev. D r. Santos admitted that some of the 15,000 so-called “voluntary surrenderees for reformation” (VSRs) had relapsed but he said new forms of psycho-social interventions were being discussed and designed to again bring them back to reform.
The SMRP is even integrating the concept of giving and showing love as espoused by Gary Chapman in his book, “The Five Love Languages”.
On the other hand, Daquioag said that the 2016 tourist arrivals in Davao del Norte reached 1.2 million, posting a 10 percent increase over the figure registered in 2015.
He was optimistic that tourism in Davao del Norte will post high performance now that the provincial government is keen on completing the Davao del Norte Tourism Master Plan.
During the Kapihan, Daquioag identified some key destinations that would best fit the intention of reflecting during the Holy Week such as the “Balaang Bukid” in New Corella; and the Banana Beach in Tagum.
Tagum’s Botanical Garden in Brgy San Agustin and Energy Park in Brgy Apokon are also destinations worth visiting this Holy Week , Daquioag said in answer to query about places near to go at least cost. (PIA 11/ Jeanevive Duron Abangan)