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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DENR BICOL PARTICIPATES IN THE 5TH FUN RUN FOR SEA TURTLES

Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay together with other participants joined in the 5th Fun Run for Sea Turtles in Tiwi, Albay on October 27, 2018.

The fun run was organized by the Environmental Conservation Sustaining Tiwi’s Agri-Aqua Resources (ECOSTAR) Program of the Municipality of Tiwi and the Alternative Systems for Community Development (ASCODE) Foundation.

The fun run was conducted to raise awareness on the importance of marine turtles, which is becoming a cultural icon of the Municipality of Tiwi. According to the organizers, the fun run is a “physical expression of the desire and struggle to conserve and protect ecological resources.”

The DENR V enjoins the public to support such noble advocacies that will increase ecological awareness and conserve and protect our natural resources. (Article by: Jade N. Loria)

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