Candon City Mayor Ericson Singson, clad in cotton shirt and hiking pants, was still bathing in his own sweat after leading other city officials, city employees, barangay officials and guests in venturing to city watershed tour to check the potential sites for eco-tourism projects.

“I am happy to personally see the possible spots to be developed as eco-tourism sites,” City Mayor Singson said.

He was accompanied by City Councilors David Wagayen and Robert Tudayan, City Agriculturist Elmor Leaṅo, City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Naulie Cabanting, barangay officials of Palacapac and San Andres, employees from Bureau of Aquatic Resources, Candon City Parole and Probation, other city employees and local residents.

The more than one hour hike covered the streams, springs, and small waterfalls that forced the hikers to hold on wild veins to move up deep in the mountains of Candon City watershed situated in Barangay Palacapac.

The hiking aimed to see the possibility of setting up a fish terraces in the area.

City Mayor Singson said that the city government has grand plan to make the city watershed as Candon’s main eco-tourism site.

The city watershed is long groomed as Ilocos Region’s fruit bowl having planted more than 10, 000 trees including fruit bearing.

After the venture, City Mayor Singson also led the annual tree planting activities.

Aside from the city, different organizations including the provincial government have made the area as their tree planting site.