Tourism activity has largely been concentrated in the National Capital Region with almost 46% of the tourist availing of the commercial accommodation in NCR. Recognizing the need to minimize its dependence on one region, as well as to disperse the benefits of tourism to other regions, DOT, as outlined in its Master Plan, has started to promote tourism to regions outside Metro Manila.
In Northern Mindanao, the designated tourist destination is the island of Camiguin. As a result overall arrivals of tourist in Camiguin has risen.
Gingoog City has a diverse and complementary range of tourist attraction but relatively unexplored. Foremost are the green mountains, waterfalls, beached and other natural attraction but access to these attraction is limited and difficult.
With proper planning, development and promotion, Gingoog City should be able to offer tourist attractions and activities to a wider range of general and special interest tourist market such as mountain climbing, boating / canoeing along Odiongan River, Cultural tourism and other alternative activities.
For the year 1996, the total domestic and foreign tourist that visited the city reached to 2,252. 1,916 are domestic tourists, 97 are balik-bayans and 239 are foreign tourists. Topping the list of foreign tourists are the Americans totaling to 77 or 32.22 percent; Hongkong 28 or 11.72 percent; Korens, 24 or 10.04 percent; Australians, 13 or 5.40 percent and the rest are Canadians; Malaysians; Germans, Indonesians, Italians and Arabian.
The city has diverse natural scenic attractions. There are beaches, waterfalls, cave, lake and man-made attractions. Available beaches are the Badiangon Beach and Cold Spring, Mawa Beach, La Vista Mar, Alte Beach, and Punong White Beach. Facilities offered are cottages, canteens, rest rooms and dressing rooms.
Gingoog has plenty of waterfalls, thus the city is named as “City of Waterfalls”. Foremost are the Tiklas, Kilubag, and Bangbang falls which are easily accessible by motorcycles or vehicles. The rest needs a thirty minute to one hour walk of rugged terrain, best for ambitious and thrill seeker individuals.
Danao Lake is approximately seven (7) kilometers from Barangay Banta-awan which itself is 18 kilometers southwest from the city proper. It is approximately 1,830 meters above sea level and extends to a 5 hectares oval shaped body of water which is clear and calm surrounded by a virgin forest.
The city is blessed with verdant mountains namely Mt. Lunot and Balatukan both very rich in natural resources, flora and fauna included. These mountains are haven to mountaineering enthusiasts.
1. May 22 – City Fiesta
Religious Patron – Sta Rita de Casia
(Week long celebration)
2. July 23 – Charter Day
(Week long celebration)
– selection of Mr. And Ms Gingoog
– Socio-cultural shows
– Flower show
– Borotorera (boat race)
– Kite Flying competition
– BMX bike race
– Mountain bike race
– Selection of Ms Tourism
– Selection of Mrs. Charter
– Grand Kaliga Festival
– Street Dancing Competition
– Sports Competition
– Agricultural Fair
– Thanksgiving celebration, rituals & dances
This sector covers the construction, improvement and repair of vertical and horizontal structures that address the needs of the foregoing sectors. It basically comprises sub-sectors like transportation, water resource development, power and electrification, communication facilities, social infrastructures, agricultural support structures, and protective infrastructures.
Normally, this sector eats-up a greater portion of the city’s budget. Even then, a project under this is the leading employment generator in the city.
This includes projects affording convenience in the mobility and movement of people, goods, services, and information toward attaining agri-industrial development. During the year, a total of 1.8 kilometers of city streets and 21.4 kilometers of barangay or farm-to-market roads got concreted, 857.9 l.m. of drainage constructed and 2 bridges were initially installed. Total number of projects implemented totaled to 102 with a total amount of P77,858,007.19.
Water Resource Development
Waterworks System constructed and repaired during the year are level I and level II systems. The poblacion and three (3) rural barangays have level III water system where the former is served by the Gingoog City Water District. Level I waterworks system had 31 constructions, 11 replacements of jetmatic hand pumps, and 7 cleaning-up of existing systems while level II category had 12 constructions of reservoir/collection box, 2 constructions of water tubs, 1 installation of pressurized tank, and 14,821 l.m. of pipeline installation. This is excluding drilling and installation of private individuals who paid rental of equipment to the city government. Summarily, 70 projects were implemented which costed P3,134,923.00.
Power and Electrification
Electrical installation for public facilities and government structures totaled to 24 and 9 rural electrification projects. The latter comprises 7 single-phase line and 2 secondary line extension. Total projects implemented based on the number of program of works prepared are 34 with total cost of P2,147,737.39. All 79 barangays of the city are already connected with electricity after the last barangay (Bakid-bakid) was allocated funds from the national government through the efforts of Congressman Oscar Moreno.
Social Infrastructure are structures established or erected for social services and activities. For the period, this sub-sector accomplished 13 barangay multi-purpose halls, 5 health centers, 4 day care centers, 11 public facilities/structure, 9 office buildings, 22 school buildings, 5 home economics building, and 5 other school structures. A total of 74 projects amounting to P29,513,890.45 were implemented during the year.
Agricultural Support Infrastructure
This sub-sector was intentionally culled out in order to account the city’s efforts for agri-development. During the year, improvements of 8 communal irrigation systems and constructions of 6 communal irrigation projects, 3 diversion dams, 6 irrigation canals, 16 small farm reservoirs, 13 multi-purpose drying pavements, and 1 mechanical dryer were accomplished. Fifty seven different projects with total cost of P15,528,063.50 got implemented.
In preparation for natural calamities usually experienced by the city, it has constructed river control dikes and 1 seawall. A total of P8,800,000.00 was disbursed for these 10 projects.
The implementation of programs, projects and activities under this sub-sector is generally led by the City Social Welfare and Development Office. Programs and projects were designed to provide interventions that would somehow cause the citizenry become good and productive citizens particularly the youth, women, parents, senior citizens, and the disabled.
Within the year, the CSWDO implemented/sustained various social welfare projects presented below:
1. Community Welfare Program
This program includes establishment of community structures for Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council, (BDCC), Day Care Parents Organization (DCPO), and others. A total of 121 community structures were established during the year.
2. Family Welfare Program
This program is designed to benefit the heads of families with various basic social services. For the year, a total of 1,231 family heads were served out of the P22,555.00 funding from the local government.
3. Family Life Resource Center (FLRC)
This is a community facility that would accommodate gatherings of any kind to promote the social well-being of the family. Managed by Lunao Community Volunteers Association with 43 members, it served as venue for trainings on garment making, footwear making, and other gatherings of social upliftment intentions.
4. Child Welfare/Day Care Services
A total of 65 Day Care Centers manned by a Day Care Worker each are in operation. 1,680 pre-school children have attended day care sessions comprising 799 boys and 881 girls. Of which, 675 (i.e. 313 boys and 362 girls) were recognized and given certificate of recognition. They will either enroll in pre-school class or Grade I next school year.
5. Youth Welfare
Various activities for youth development were supported. This includes youth offenders, out-of-school youth, and even students. 46 youth offenders were served and 4 of them were released, 800 students were accommodated for summer jobs, there were 60 participants during the children’s congress, and 74 out-of-school youth organized into Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP). To enhance related undertakings for youth in the future, 20 members of the City council for the Welfare of Children (CLWC) underwent orientation on Local Development Plan for Children facilitated by DSWD-X and NEDA-X.
6. Women’s Welfare
A total of 588 disadvantaged women were served out of the P10,000.00 from the local funds. Activities done were the women’s month celebration on March, election of GA-WINGS officers, volleyball tournament, poster and slogan contest, folk dance contest, and search for the Mutya ng Kababaihan 2002.
7. Senior Citizen’s Welfare
To avail of the benefits for senior citizens as provided by law, 227 were issued OSCA Identification Cards and one of them was referred to the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) for his pension. A total of 1,036 senior citizens were served in various services out of the P260,000.00 local funds.
8. Welfare for the Disabled
In observance to the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, the city conducted different activities. The information campaign on the welfare of the disabled like Early Detention and Prevention of Magna Carta for Disabled Persons and Accessibility Law were launched. Various sports competitions among them were also sponsored and a total of P11,406.00 was extended to them as prizes. All in all, 747 persons availed of the various services for the disabled persons.
9. Emergency Assistance
A total of 3,067 distressed/displaced individuals and families were served under this category with a total of P281,616.00 budget from LGU. Another P47,000.00 worth of Christmas packages of assorted goods were provided by APTCO to 200 families.
10. Crisis Intervention Unit
A separate office was established as Crisis Intervention Unit to cater the needs of walk-in and stranded clients. A total of 620 clients were served. Of which, 285 were given medicines worth P106,616.00, 57 were extended blood assistance through the City Health Board and the PNRC, 179 were given food assistance, 35 were issued social case study report, 4 with emergency shelter assistance, 16 given free coffin, 17 referred to PNP, and 16 were provided with counseling services.
11. Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) –
This is a pilot project at Barangay 19 which started in 2001 and is about to end by December 2003. Full report of this project will be presented when it expires
12. Self-Employment Assistance
Kaunlaran (SEA-K) – Projects under this involve 44 women beneficiaries with projects on buy and sell, hog fattening, sari-sari store, and food vending. An amount of P72,000.00 from DSWD-X was disbursed for the implementation of the above projects where part of which was used for Basic Business Management Training.
13. Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI)
This special project was launched in Barangay 18, having been selected as the pilot barangay in the later part of 2002. It is the administration’s main poverty reduction strategy that is built on the strengths of the lessons learned from the CIDSS Program. The strategy is an improved version adopted from the highly successful Kasamatan Development Program of Indonesia. It was spearheaded by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) with the DSWD as co-convenor.
Gingoog City is one of the peaceful places in the country which the peace loving Gingoognons is proud of. The city’s crime incidence showed a minimal number within the period of four years. Table below show the peace and security situation of the city.
|A. Comparative Crime Statistics|
|Source: PNP, Gingoog City|
|B. Crime Solution Rate|
The city has a 22.5 kilometers coastline fronting a fishing ground called the Gingoog Bay. It covers an area of 33,750 hectares or 337.5 sq. kilometers. Known marine fish varieties caught are scad, mackerel, tune, flying fishes, siganid, grouper, grant, mullet, butterfly fish, and squids. Bangus, prawns, and crabs are raised in fishponds while carp and tilapia are raised in inland freshwater and ponds.
The problem is low average catch of the commercial and small-scale fishermen. Marginal fishermen yield a total catch of 182.34 M.T. while commercial fishermen yield a total catch of 284.25 M.T. Low production can be attributed to the use of entirely hook, line and sinker method of catching fish. Some have fishing nets but do not have motorized fishing boats. This could be also coupled to siltations of riverbeds due to soil erosion. Gingoog Bay is gifted with numerous creeks and rivers but could be also detrimental if soil erosion will not be controlled or minimized. Water pollution is not of great concern yet in the city.
Industrial growth is apparent in Gingoog as a result of the inflow of investor who saw the capability of the City to be an industrial area. This was enhanced by the active participation of the government and non-government institutions, especially financial institutions in providing financial assistance to small-scale industries and farmer’s cooperatives operating within the city.
MAJOR INDUSTRIES AND COTTAGE INDUSTRIES in Gingoog
There are two (2) industries operating in the city. The Indo-phil Oil Mills which is an agri-based industry producing coco-crude oil and copra pellets, and the other one is a forest based wood industry named Asia Timber and Plywood Corporation (APTCO) manufacturing veneer and plywood. A number of small scale industries has been established by cooperative like rattan furniture, handicraft, garment and food processing.
INDUSTRIES in Gingoog:
Agro-based – 1
Indo-Phil. Oil Mill
Asia Pacific Timber & Plywood Corp (APTCO)
UTILITIES in Gingoog:
Water Company in Gingoog:
Gingoog City Water District,
Electric Company in Gingoog:
Telephone Companies in Gigoog:
Misamis Oriental Telephone
Radio Stations in Gingoog:
Radyo ng Bayan DXRG AM
Radyo Natin DXRS-FM
Hospitals in Gingoog City:
Gingoog District Hospital
Banks In Gingoog :
Cooperative Bank of Mis. Or.
Land Bank of the Philippine
PCIB Equitable Bank
Philippine National Bank
Rural Bank of Gingoog City