DAET, Camarines Norte – Given a fresh mandate as chief executive of this capital town, Daet Mayor Tito Sarte Sarion bared in the 2010 Accomplishment report during the Daet’s “Ulat sa Bayan” held at the Municipal Hall recently, various completed projects under the Executive Legislative Agenda and the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) of this municipality.
Topping the town’s development programs were major activities in tourism held last year. Among the highlights was the recognition of the first Rizal monument erected in 1989 by the National Historical Commission Institute (NHCI) declaring it a national monument by virtue of NHI Resolution no. 12.
The Rizal monument had drawn interest among historical researchers on Rizal and tourism in this town, being the first Rizal Monument in the country.
The NHI for 2011 has also included the Rizal Monument on its yearly calendar, as a recognized historical site.
Bagabas Beach in this town also drew recognition in 2010, as venue for the unique Kite Boarding Sports, due to its ideal surf-waves required for this extreme sports.
Last Dec. 14 to 18, the 3rd Daet Kiteboard International Competition was held here, participated by more than 30 international kiteboard surfers, reportedly among the biggest surfing sports attended in Southeast Asia.
Since the first kiteboarding competition in 2008, development started at Bagasbas Beach with the establishment recently of the “Light House Hotel and Resort” owned by local investors in Daet town.
Sarion said the local government is preparing this year, a whole year activity for “Visit Daet 2010”, a Balikbayan year celebration, simultaneous with the 428th year Foundation Day Anniversary of this capital town in 2012.
Reportedly, the “Balikbayan year” is among the programs resulting from Sarion’s trip in the US, during the Sister Cities International 54th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA held last July 29, 2010.
Sarion also said that during the same US trip, the Daet USA Association was organized with US-based Daeteños signifying their intention to help in the development of their hometown.
Other tourism development also included the opening of the old municipal hall to a “Daet Heritage Center” housing the local library and the Fernando Amorsolo Musuem located at the 2nd floor, which is now called “Casa de Illustrados”.
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) has offered technical assistance and scheduled art exhibits including financial assistance.
Sarion further said that the LandBank of the Philippines has granted Daet some P66 million in development loans, which will primarily cover the construction of the new Daet Central Terminal Complex, a new government center and legislative hall, with initial Phase 1 construction to start this year, and the purchase of one garbage compactor truck, to help transport garbage to the existing Material Recovery Facility (MRF) of this town.
Sarion also said that this year, a mini-sports and wellness center to be called “Sen. Rene Cayetano Multi-Purpose Hall” will also be constructed in honor of the late Sen. Cayetano. The funds for the building have been committed by Senators Allan Peter Cayetano and Pia Cayetano.
Other priority infras also included an ABC Hall and guest dorm to be constructed from funds committed by Senator Francis Pangilinan; the enhancement of the Daet Elevated Plaza and the Downtown Centerpoint, a project in cooperation with the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP); and the construction of the Daet Business Arcade, a 3-storey edifice which will be funded through a BOT scheme.
The town is also a beneficiary of the Department of Energy’s model project in the country for a “Solar Energy Streetlight System,” using solar energy to light up major streets in his capital town.