cone-shaped Chocolate Hills is Nature's expression of beauty, mystery and
romance. Spread over the municipalities of Carmen, Sagbayan and Batuan,
the Chocolate Hills is the province's signature attraction. It consists
of approximately 1,268 hay cock hills with heights ranging from 40 to 120
meters. Formed centuries ago by tidal movements, the hills are considered
as a National Geologic Movement. During the summers, the dome-shaped
grass covered limestone hills dry up and turn brown, transforming the area
into seemingly endless rows of chocolate "kisses"
Legend has it that when giants live with mortals, a gentle giant fell in love with a beautiful village girl. Agoro , the giant was handsome and though a favorite among female giants, was also a loner. When everything and everybody sleeps, Arogo would sit by his favorite spot near the river to ponder or just watch the night pass by.
One night while Arogo was by his spot, he noticed a beautiful native girl with hair as black as the night by the river bank. He instantly fell in love with Aluya. After that night. Arogo would always wait by his place to take a glimpse at his beloved Aluya.
A rumor reached Arogo that Aluya would soon marry a man her parents chose for her.
The night before Aluya's wedding, Agoro kidnapped Aluya. Seeing a giant, Aluya screamed, kicked and cried, but to no avail. Arogo was successful in abducting Aluya.
In the giant's cave, Arogo tried to give Aluya food and water but the girl kept on crying. Her sadness reached her heart that she died with tears in her eyes. Arogo buried her and kept his vigil. He cried for days and months. Giant tears fell to the ground. He cried a thousand years for the loss of his love.
After sometime, Arogo's tears hardened and became what we know today as Chocolate hills. The Hills were witnesses of an unrequited love of the years go by.
Chocolate Hills dot the plains of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan. There are at least 1,776 uniform hills that leave visitors no wonder how they came to be.
One could view and even count the hills its 210 feet above the ground view deck, Climbing the 214 steps of the view deck to the top is a rewarding exercise.
Chocolate Hills is also cited as a Geological Movement of the country and is also known as the Eight Wonder of the World.
Bohol is a prime eco-cultural tourism destination and a strong agro-industrial province with an empowered and self-reliant people who are God loving, law-abiding, proud of their cultural heritage and committed to the growth and protection of the environment.
To ensure sustainable growth in revenues from major industries that adhere to a sustainable framework for developing, utilizing and managing the environment and natural resources of the province.
To enrich and continuously develop the dynamic and creative Boholano culture in all municipalities and in capital city of Bohol.
To develop a well informed citizenry in healthy communities, aware and proud of its competencies that enables them to be much more productive, enterprising and participate in attaining the vision and goals of Bohol.
The P 21 billion Leyte-Bohol interconnection will bring geothermal power of higher capacity base at 80-100 megawatts in early 1999. Power rates are then expected to be very competitive.
Industries with power requirements of at least 100 kilowatts can apply for a direct interconnection with NPC.
Coconut on the other hand, is grown in 63, 502 hectares. Ubi kinampay, a violet yam, is also grown. Mango is an emerging agricultural product with 120,000 fruit bearing trees and 180,000 more by the turn of the century. Mango harvest reached 422 metric tons in 1996 or an average of 1 metric ton per hectare.
Processed prawns are directly exported to Japan. Lobster, seaweeds and milk fish are likewise harvested. Seaweeds of the eucheuma variety are cultured and are marketed to Cebu for the processing into various grades of carageenan.
The northeastern strip of Bohol has been identified as viable areas for development of Special Economic Zones (SEZís), as part of the Regional Growth Corridor (RGC). These SEZís shall enable the province to gain economic headway as an agro-industrial center in the region. Already, areas suitable for industrial sites have been consolidated to provide easy entry for investors.
Great opportunities exist for complementation between these SEZís and those found in the eastern coast of Cebu such as the MEPZ I and II and others.
Tagbilaran City serves as a major service center for various tourism packages in the province. Three (3) major tourism circuits have been identified that offer diverse attraction to tourists and guests.
On top of all these, the Local Government Unit is providing a vibrant atmosphere for investments in Bohol. A Provincial Investment Code is being enacted to spell investment mechanism and incentives which are investor-friendly. Special assistance and services will also be extended in the Ecozones.
The Bohol Investment Promotion Center has been set up to cater to investorsí needs.
Access to telecommunications can also be made easily in the towns through the 138 public calling stations. Forty-three (43) pay phone stations are conveniently located in strategic places and major commercial centers in the city.
A project of Islacom involves the installation of a province-wide landline connection increasing the number of lines from 2,000 to 13,000.
Providing equally important role in Boholís development is the telegram/telegraph and radio services sector. Presently, the Bohol Law Enforcement Communication System (BLECS), a government operated entity can access any municipality of the province with its 42 ICOM and other radio units anytime, any day. Amateur radio clubs also exist in Bohol with more than 1,000 members that have been tapped during emergencies and calamities. TELOF, RCPI, PT & T also are providing telegraph and telegram as well as long distance services in Bohol with its 14 countries scattered in the city and municipalities.
Other communication facilities of the province include 5 radio stations in the province, all privately owned and operated, 2 of which operate in the FM band. All are located in the Tagbilaran City with a maximum output capacity of 5,000 watts and within a 20-kilometer radius coverage.
Two cable stations are operating in the province. Bohol is likewise kept well informed through various newspapers and magazines available in Bohol including 3 local weeklies with a combined total circulation of 15,000 copies as well as subscriptions to 11 national dailies. Postal and messengerial services such as LBC, DHL, JRS among others, are also operating in Bohol.
Likewise, a strong and enthusiastic banking sector has enabled the province to be at par with the rest of the urban centers in the country. There are 45 banking units providing modern banking facilities.
DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY
BOHOL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SMED)
TAGBILARAN CITY GOVERNMENT