THE House Committee on Tourism has started the deliberation of the H.B. 6682 seeking to declare Limahong Channel in Sitio Bantayan, Pangapisan Norte in Lingayen as a tourist spot and appropriating a budget for it.
Second District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, author of the bill, said Limahong Channel, located along Agno River at the mouth of Lingayen Gulf, is a historic site because it was where the Chinese warlord Limahong (Lim Hong, also known a Ah Hong) escaped to Northern Luzon in 1574 and dug a channel in Domalandan, for his escape to the China Sea.
Once approved, historic Limahong Channel will become a tourism, historical and cultural heritage and ecotourism area and the Department of Tourism can be expected to prioritize its development and the construction of Limahong Tourist Center that will serve as a museum for artifacts, souvenir, and historical item related to Limahong settlement.
He added that the introduction of a river cruise will help maintain the river as the best and cleanest line in the country.
He expressed confidence that the development of the Limahong Channel will not only attract local and foreign tourists, particularly Chinese tourists, but will generate employment opportunities for the residents in Lingayen and nearby communities. (Nora Dominguez)
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