by Lou Ellen L. Antonio
KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte (PIA)–The local government here opened its 2-hectare Fisherman’s Wharf Food Park and Entertainment Center, which was built using local funds in Barangay Kawit Oriental.
The food park features an array of different cuisines from 13 tenants. Gloc-9 and Shanti Dope, two original Pinoy Music artists, performed the first concert at the center.
With a budget of about P20 million, the facility was built within 6 months. It is open for licensed promoters or producers to hold concerts.
Mayor Rommel Arnado revealed that a massacre happened in the 1980s in the barangay where the facility is located. He talked about how the Sustainable Integrated Kauswagan Development and Peace Agenda framework helped them change Kauswagan.
“This is very well spent money from LGU. This is to spread the news that Kauswagan has transformed from being war-torn to one of the economic boosters and influencers for Northern Mindanao,” he said.
The mayor also told the renters to keep the area clean and follow the rules set by the local government.
The barangay chairperson of Kawit Oriental, Herbert Lederes, thanked the local government for making their community better.
“Dako jud akong pasalamat kay mayor nga na-realize kining project dili mi makatuo sa plano. Karon murag damgo,” he said.
(I am so thankful to the mayor that this project has been realized. We can’t believe that this plan has been realized. It seems like a dream)
The said facility is just one of the income-generating projects attracting local tourists that were constructed in the town. The amusement park with the longest boardwalk was opened in October 2022, and last week, the Town Center was also inaugurated. (LELA/PIA-10/Lanao del Norte)