Parañaque City Mayor Eric Olivarez (left) leads the inauguration of the newly redeveloped Fisherman’s Wharf in Barangay La Huerta, Parañaque City. With Olivarez during the ribbon cutting, marking the opening of the wharf are (from left) Parañaque First District Rep. Edwin Olivarez, Councilor Beng Amurao, Fr. Augusto Pullido of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Barangay San Dionisio village chief Dr. Pablo Olivarez, and Aileen Claire Olivarez, wife of Mayor Olivarez. At the back are the city government officials and the councilors led by Councilor Rico Golez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
Parañaque City Mayor Eric Olivarez (left) leads the inauguration of the newly redeveloped Fisherman’s Wharf in Barangay La Huerta, Parañaque City. With Olivarez during the ribbon cutting, marking the opening of the wharf are (from left) Parañaque First District Rep. Edwin Olivarez, Councilor Beng Amurao, Fr. Augusto Pullido of the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Barangay San Dionisio village chief Dr. Pablo Olivarez, and Aileen Claire Olivarez, wife of Mayor Olivarez. At the back are the city government officials and the councilors led by Councilor Rico Golez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Mayor Eric Olivarez led the inauguration of the newly redeveloped Fisherman's Wharf, locally known as Bulungan Market, in Barangay La Huerta, Parañaque on August 16, 2022.

The wharf is located along the coastal highway near the famous Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Eco-Tourism Area.

Most of the city's marine related activities are concentrated in Bulungan Market where the local fisherfolk sell their day's fresh catch through some form of trading techniques or the so-called bulungan (whisper).

In order to help augment the fisherfolk's daily earning, the city government developed the Bulungan into a tourism park to promote local entrepreneurship and at the same time foster the culture of tourism in the community.

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As claimed by city officials, the project will create employment and livelihood for city residents, especially the fisherfolk living along the coastal area.

According to the same source, a mini pier or dock was built adjoining the wharf to ferry tourists to nearby Pagcor Entertainment City where integrated resorts, hotels and casinos as well as malls are located.

In his message, Mayor Olivarez said that this is a historic event in the city of Parañaque since it was the dream of Parañaqueños to have a promenade park along the waterfront near the bay. He added that the wharf will help provide jobs for fisherfolk who were dislocated when the coastal road was constructed. The mayor also assured Parañaque First District Rep. Edwin Olivarez who made this project possible that he will protect the park and other similar projects the latter started and accomplished during his term as city mayor.