PATIKUL, Sulu — In line with Bangsamoro Government’s priority agenda to boost economic development through capitalizing potential tourist destinations in the region, the Ministry of Trade, Investments, and Tourism (MTIT) led the inauguration of Timpook Lake Viewdeck in this town.
Held on Nov. 16, the event gathered key figures, including Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, Ministry of Public Works-Sulu 1st District Engineer Ajan Ajijul, Armed Forces of the Philippines officials, local tourism officers, and representatives of the different Municipal Local Government Units, who played significant roles in the project’s realization.
Timpook Lake Viewdeck, a tourism development project of the MTIT, aims to contribute to the socio-economic development of Sulu. Its groundbreaking ceremony took place last February 5, 2023.
In his message read by MTIT-Sulu Provincial Director Nagdar Sasapan, Minister Abuamri Taddik emphasized that the collaborative effort of various agencies and offices in Sulu Province brought the project to fruition.
“This project is a symbol of our collaborative effort. It is the result of the vision, will, commitment, and hardwork of everyone,” Taddik said.
“The purpose of this project is not just to improve the viewing experience of the tourist, but it also aims to boost the economic prospect of the Municipality of Patikul and Sulu as a whole,” he added.
For his part, Gov. Tan expressed his gratitude for the new tourist destination in the province, highlighting the significance of peace and unity.
“Kailangan talaga na kung ano ang inumpisahan natin na nagkakaisa (ang) lahat ay ‘yon pa rin ang gagawin natin. We need to strive some more,” Tan said.
[It’s truly necessary that what we’ve started while we are united, we have to continue doing it.]
“Kung hindi dahil sa nagkaroon ng peace ay ‘di talaga ako makakapunta sa lugar na ito,” he added.
[Without peace, I wouldn’t be able to reach this place.]
The inauguration ceremony was followed by a tree-planting activity in the area, led by Gov. Tan.
The project’s success stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of various agencies and offices in Sulu Province, serving as a model for other provinces to emulate. (Alline Jamar M. Undikan/BIO)