Friday, November 23, 2007

Tukuran as of 2002

The development of Tukuran depends on the increasing number of population and investors. The expected establishments of the lime quarry and cement factory will boost the town revenue. Telecommunication lines of PLDT, SMART, and PILTEL were established. The support of the local leaders in the development of Tukuran Beach – related Industry advanced the tourism industry.[1]

The modes of vehicular transportation were Jeep to cater Pagadian-Tukuran commuters, motor car serves as artillery in remote part of Tukuran while sakayan, a pump boat caters for the costal inhabitants of Tagulo and Sugod. Sikad-sikad, pedaled cabs serve the needs of local commuters within poblacion. The town remains as the center of all transportation system where the terminals were provided for motor cabs and jeeps to-and-from the destination. There where no educational institutions offering tertiary education or vocational education.[2]

Thus, DENR reforestation project was awarded to private constructors for reforestation with funding assistance from the Asian Development Bank ADB (Today, forest resources are endangered of being completely destroyed due to kaingin method of slash and burn of the farmers and illegal tree cutting).[3]

Fishing Port is located in the heart of the municipality to ensure the safety of the big time boat operator from Bugsik or being carted every time they anchor at Tukuran for discharging. Fishing is the main livelihood of the coastal barangay. Several fishing vessels and bancas unloaded their fish catch. These fishing vessels usually bring along to the sea a storage boxes to prevent the spillage of fish catch. The average annual fish unloaded in the municipality is almost 13 metric tons to be specific that is 12.88 metric tons. These were exported to the neighboring cities and provinces.[4]

Poblacion is however the center of all commercial and industrial activity in the entire municipality. Subsequently, relatively bigger establishment are located in poblacion were basic services of day-to-day activity of the populace. In addition to this, sari-sari store are scattered near the institutional sites. Local entrepreneurs in the locality have concentrated themselves in trading of manufactured goods. Industrial establishments are also found including small scale marble mining in barangay Baclay and Tabuan, furniture shops, rice and corn mills, ice plants, food processing shops, quarry of sand and gravels, auto repair shops, fish fry collectors, ship building/ship ducking and fishing.[5]

Today the local natural spots are hot springs in barangay Luy-a, historic beach resort and Tabuan cave. Manmade spots are fort Alfonso XII locally known as Fort Militar and LGU resort. Although these mentioned spots have potentials for tourism, only Beach Related Industry are fully developed for tourism purposes.

[1] Vega Interview

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Barrido Interview

[5] Municipal Profile 1998

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