President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will inspect today what has been touted as the Wildlife and Eco-Adventure Destination of the Philippines, the Lasang Secret Adventure Eco-tourist Park in Initao, Misamis Oriental.

Originally known simply as Lasang, the project aims to conserve the 52-hectare forest by harnessing its potential for economic enterprise to benefit the community and the people of Misamis Oriental.

Developed as a learning center of biodiversity and scientific research, the park consists of a 100-meter boardwalk that takes one into the inner sanctum of the forest, and a 74-step spiral staircase that leads to the skywalk which is fastened on decks mounted on giant endemic century-old Talisay Gubat trees.

The President’s visit to Lasang Secret Adventures is expected to boost the tourist spot’s potential to attract more visitors to the area and improve the province and its people economic progress.

Meanwhile, the President will confer a Presidential Award to Hanjin Heavy Industries, Inc. immediate past president Jong Sup Shim for his pioneering efforts in shipbuilding.

The President will also visit Manticao to inaugurate and lead in turnover ceremonies of the recently completed Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital.

The MOPH was built and established on Aug. 1, 1974 by the Philippine Medical Care Commission.

Originally designed to cater to prepaid Medicare Health Insurance beneficiaries in the 1970s, the MOPH’s capability today has expanded to serve all primary health needs of the municipalities of Manticao, Lugait and Naawan.

Renovation on the MOPH started in October 2007 to meet the present quality health standards of Level II hospitals of the Department of Health.

Today, the MOPH can serve the minor surgery requirements of its constituents as well as provide laboratory, consultation, x-ray, imaging, dental services and a host of other vital hospital-based services needed by a rapidly growing and progressing community.

Finally, the President’s will visit the Press Freedom Monument in Cagayan de Oro City where she will have her photograph taken with members of the League of Councilors of Misamis Oriental and the CDO Press Club.

A Press Freedom Monument was recently constructed by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental in honor of Filipino journalists slain during the past three decades.

Located at the Vicente de Lara Park near the Cagayan de Oro City Press Club building and a radio station, the monument was commissioned by Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno and created by prominent Filipino sculptor Eduardo Castrillo.

The Press Freedom Monument is a tableau made up of three bronze-cast figures which pays tribute to the members of the Fourth Estate

According to Moreno, the figures depict various aspects of a journalist’s job such as radio broadcasting, reporting and photojournalism.

Placed at the left side of the figures is a wall that holds some 100 bronze plates, each containing the names of slain media practitioners, their news clubs, and date of their death.

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