BICOL TOURISM SITES UNDERWAY FOR ECOTOURISM QUALITY CERTIFICATION

BICOL TOURISM SITES UNDERWAY FOR ECOTOURISM QUALITY CERTIFICATION

Six (6) major tourist attractions in the Bicol Region are bound for assessment using a newly launched certification system called Ecotourism Tracking Tool (ETT).

ETT was developed by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). It was launched at the heat of the controversial Boracay closure and rehabilitation. Environment Chief Roy A. Cimatu has directed the ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado to study the carrying capacities of ecotourism sites nationwide.

ETT follows an eight-point parameter to evaluate the tourist sites’ carrying capacities and its impact to the economy and environment. The eight-point parameters are management, operations, economic benefits, financing/enterprise building, socio-cultural ecotourism products and services, biological features and facilities.

The economic benefits of the tourism sites to Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and host communities living within or near the biodiversity areas are also included in the assessment.

            The application of ETT in ecotourism sites will be conducted by ERDB together with DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).

            In Bicol Region, the Mayon Volcano Natural Park (MVNP); Cagsawa Ruins Park; Albay Parks and Wildlife; Donsol Eco Tour, Sorsogon; Bulusan Volcano Natural Park (BVNP) and Prieto Diaz Mangrove Tour were identified as pilot areas.

            Under the ETT, tourism sites will be evaluated whether it has ecological value to tourism and shall be identified whether it falls under the categories of Platinum Certification, Gold Certification, Silver, Bronze and Candidate Ecotourism Project.

            To achieve Platinum Certification, there should be at least 91 to 100 percent adherence to ETT standards. For Gold, there should be at least 81 to 90 percent. For Silver, there should be at least 71 to 80 percent. For Bronze, there should be 61 to 70 percent. To become a Candidate Ecotourism Project, there must be at least 50 to 60 percent adherence.

            With ETT, the protection and conservation of tourist destinations and all biodiversity areas shall be strengthened.

 

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ISO 14001:2015 CERTIFICATION FOR DENR BICOL

                             UNDERWAY

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V aims to have an ISO 14001:2015 Certification before the end of 2019.

ISO 14001 is dubbed as the most important standard for organizations within the 14000 series developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a Switzerland-based international standard setting body composed of representatives from national standard organizations of 164 member countries.

One of the requirements of the ISO is the creation or adoption of an Environmental Management System (EMS), which will address the environmental issues of an organization.

Through the EMS, organizations will be able to identify and reduce environmental impacts of its operations in the delivery of its services. 

OIC, Regional Director (RD) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag directed the creation of a team at the DENR Regional Office No. V, which shall ensure the implementation of EMS in accordance with the ISO.

The EMS Core Team of DENR V is headed by the OIC, RD together with the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services (ARD MS) Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez and ARD for Technical Services (TS) Allan L. Leuterio.

The EMS Core Team consists of seven sub teams, which shall address the seven components namely the waste and management program, conservation program, which includes the electricity, water, fuel, paper communication expenses and internet subscription, emergency preparedness and response program, information, education and communication program, compliance and evaluation program, training program and monitoring program.

One of the interesting components of the EMS is the implementation of a Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Manual. The DENR V already have its DRRM Manual and itsfull implementation is underway and will be hastened by the EMS Core Team.

Primarily, DENR V aims to reduce waste and minimize consumption of resources within its compound by end of December this year, through proper segregation of solid waste through the “3R’s” or the “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” scheme, establish a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and reduce water, electricity and fuel consumption by 5%.

A look back in the year 2016, the DENR Central Office located at Visayas Avenue, Quezon City was the first agency in the Philippines to be certified with ISO 14001:2015.

As the lead agency in environmental governance, DENR recognizes the need to push for excellence in the efficient and effective environmental management within and outside of the organization.

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BICOL HAS NEW DENR CHIEF. Atty. Antonio A. Abawag receives the DENR V flag from Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the Turnover Ceremony on June 1, 2018 at the DENR Regional Office V, Rawis, Legazpi City. 

DENR V DIVERS COLLECT DRUPELLA AT TAGBON REEF, PURO LEGAZPI CITY.

DENR V AND LGU LEGAZPI JOINS THE PHILIPPINE ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

IEC ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT CONDUCTED IN PALANAS, MASBATE.

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