Antique Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao said that with the inauguration of the zipline at Padlusan Adventure Park in Tubudan village in San Remigio town, a free one-month ride is offered to adventure seekers.

Cadiao together with University of Antique President Victor E. Navarra, San Remigio Mayor Glenn V Cabigunda and other officials of the province inaugurated the PHP4 million zipline at Padlusan Adventure Park in San Remigio town.

Cadiao during the program said that she foresees the 680 meters long zipline in San Remigio to further boost the agro-tourism industry in the town of San Remigio and in the province as a whole.

She said that aside from the zipline, tourists can also experience horseback riding and be able to visit the livestock center where high-breed cattle and other farm animals are being bred by the Provincial Veterinary Office headed by Dr. Romeo Magdatu.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office will also be putting up plant nurseries in the area where different species of seedlings will be grown.

Jimenea said that the rustic and simplicity of the nature based products of Antique is perfect for those tourists who wants to escape their bustling city life for a while.

She said that San Remigio is endowed with caves, beautiful mountain scenery and also the site of the biggest flower “Rafflesia” that can really attract tourists.

University of Antique president Navarra likewise said that the zipline project has been realized because of the strong partnership of the local government unit with the university, which owns the land area but utilized by the veterinary office under a memorandum of agreement.

He further said that the University of Antique believes that the sharing of resources and technology accelerates progress. This is the reason why when the provincial government asked to construct the zipline on the lot where the livestock center is located there was no vehement opposition from the board of regents.

Mayor Cabigunda added that tourism is a big source of income and employment for the people of San Remigio now.

He said that the DOT through its Bottom Up Budgeting has also funded a site development at the nearby Bato Cueva village in San Remigio where there would bee a function hall, viewing deck and hanging bridge to be constructed.

The project, which is still ongoing, has a total funding of PHP4.7 million of which half of the amount has already been released for first tranche.(AJP/PNA)