DAVAO CITY, September 18, (PIA) - The University of the Philippines Mindanao campus in Mintal is being eyed as a botanical garden. The project has the backing of different groups and sectors particularly the UP Mindanao Foundation Incorporated which is fully supporting the project.
"UP Mindanao has an area of 204 hectares and we are envisioning that the whole 204 hectares will become a botanical garden," says Atty. Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes, president of the UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI)
Tolentino-Fuentes said the project has been a long-time dream but is hampered by the lack of funds. She says that the UP Mindanao leadership under Chancellor Larry Digal is really pushing for the project.
The UPMFI prexy said they have been approaching different offices and groups to ask for support.
"Yesterday, we were talking to the Chinese consul-general and we invited to put up a portion as a Chinese garden, in the same way we asked the other consulates to put up their own gardens," Tolentino Fuentes said during her guesting at SM City Davao's Kapehan sa SM held on Sept. 16.
Last August 19, the group together with UP Mindanao Chancellor Digal visited the office of Davao City Vice-Mayor Sebastian Duterte, who is the city's acting mayor to discuss the plans of UP Mindanao, among the programs is the establishment of the garden.
The botanical garden will contain endemic plant species. Aside from agriculture, the garden will also be for tourism purposes.
"The botanical garden will be another good place to visit here in Davao City," Tolentino-Fuentes said.
She also said the garden will complement the sports complex as visitors of sporting events held at the Davao City Sports Complex can visit the botanical garden.
"The people visiting the sports complex can spill over to the botanical garden," Tolentino Fuentes said.
The Davao City Sports Complex is a 20-hectare sports facility located inside the UP Mindanao Campus, it recently hosted the 2019 Palarong Pambansa.
Davao City currently has a one-hectare botanical garden located in Marfori Subdivision. (PIA/RG Alama)