Mintal, Davao’s Little Tokyo is getting a tourism boost as a heritage site as a bidding process is being initiated to invite planners to develop it as a tourist destination.
Mintal, which earned the moniker for being a Japanese community for decades before the World War II, is located in Davao City’s third district and home to Mindanao campus of the University of the Philippines and future site of a sports complex currently under construction.
City tourism officer Maria Felisa C. Marques said an invitation to bid was made by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) for consultancy companies to draft a plan for the location.
Tieza has allocated P10 million for the master plan consultancy project. The agency has visited Mintal in 2014 and conducted an initial site inspection. The development of Little Tokyo has also been endorsed by the city government which issued a memorandum to local government officials for its development.
Marques said the winning consultancy firm will be responsible in crafting a tourism plan for the barangay.
In 2014 a newsletter released by Davao City Investment Promotion Center, projects in Mintal identified by Tieza included a gateway marker, indicating separation between Mintal and adjacent barangay, directional signs for historical sites in Mintal, and a museum which would house artifacts, old photos and relevant documents.