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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18TH SARINGAYA AWARDS A ROUSING SUCCESS

The most awaited Saringaya Awards proved to be a success this year.

Hosted annually by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V, the Saringaya Awards this year was held at the Casablanca Convention Center, Legazpi City on June 29, 2018 wherein at least three hundred people from various organizations including DENR V employees attended the prestigious awards night.

Dubbed as the "highest regional environment reward", the Saringaya Award is given to individuals, groups, organizations and corporate entities whose contribution to the environment have inspired the people and their communities to become vanguards of Mother Nature.

HISTORY

The old Bicol term "Saringaya" means abundance of growth, lush and healthy environment teeming with green trees and mountains ideal for biodiversity and well-balanced ecosystem. The term captured the picturesque goal of the environmentalists and DENR officials, and thus, "Saringaya Award" was coined in the year 2000 to recognize outstanding personalities and communities who has helped DENR through their environmental initiatives and advocacies.

NOMINATIONS

The Search for Nominees for the 18th Saringaya Awards started on April 25, 2018 and ended on May 25, 2018. Selection Criteria included five (5) major points, such as: (1) Environmental Protection (20%); (2) Environmental Conservation (20%); (3) Environmental Rehabilitation (20%); (4) Sustainability of the Programs/Projects (20%); and (5) Social Relevance and/or Environmental Impact (20%).

A rigid validation process was conducted by the Saringaya Award Committees composed of DENR V, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V personnel.

AWARDEES

This year, various individuals, industries, civil society organizations, national government agencies, local government units and academe including the winners of the 28th Eagle Quiz – "Battle of the Eagles" were awarded.

Regional winners of the 28th Eagle Quiz – "Battle of the Eagles" included two categories, the Elementary and Junior High School.

For the Elementary Category, Emmanuel Benedict S. Hugo from the University of Saint Anthony in Camarines Sur, with his Coach, Ms. Mary Grace C. General was declared Champion while the 1st and 2nd Runners Up were Arturo Jozef Benedict M. Cadeleja IV from Jose Zurbito Sr. Elementary School in Masbate City with his Coach, Ms. Maricor Male and Joefel Matthew G. Tugano from Virac Pilot Elementary School-Main in Catanduanes with his coach, Mr. Jason C. Yutan, respectively.

For the Junior High School Category, Johngie C. Tablate from Catanduanes National High School in Catanduanes with his Coach, Mr. Ferdinand Diano was declared Champion while Jansen D. Abad from Vinzons Pilot High School in Camarines Norte with her Coach, Ms. Rachel D. Cadiz was 1st Runner Up and Dennis Romuel D. Placer, Jr. from Masbate National Comprehensive High School in Masbate with his Coach, Nilvelyn Madacat placed 2nd Runner Up.

Moreover, 2018 Saringaya awardees included Mr. Ivanhoe V. Arcilla from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Virac, Catanduanes and Ms. Joyce V. De La Trinidad from the Central Bicol State University in Pili, Camarines Sur for the individual category.

While, Partido State University (PSU) in Goa, Camarines Sur garnered the award for the academe category.

For the civil society organization category, the Samahang Mangingisda ng Puro Sinalikway, Inc. (SAMAPUSI), a People's Organization based in Masbate City bagged the award.

For the local government units category, the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, Municipalities of Bato, Catanduanes, Pandan, Catanduanes, Bulan, Sorsogon, and Bulusan, Sorsogon were awarded.

Department of Education (DepED) Masbate City Division Office was awarded under the national government agency category.

For the industry partner category, the Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corporation was recognized for its exemplary efforts in the conservation, protection and management of our natural resources.

Also, special awards were given to Ms. Kelly T. Tan of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Bulan, Sorsogon, the City Government of Ligao, Provincial Government of Sorsogon, Municipality of Donsol, Sorsogon, Municipality of Irosin, Sorsogon, Provincial Office on Environment and Natural Resources Management (POENRM) of the Provincial Government of Masbate.

DENR V Regional Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag in his message recognized the efforts of all the stakeholders, including the law enforcement partners and industries in   the preservation of the environment.

DENR Assistant Secretary Jesus Enrico Moises B. Salazar who is also a Bicolano, delivered a moving and powerful message as guest speaker. He emphasized that the 18th Saringaya Awards proved to be a milestone in the history of Bicol, "We have championed the cause of sustainable development and environmental awareness. With all the Saringaya Awardees, individuals, civil society organizations, local government units, industries, other government agencies including the law enforcement partners who have demonstrated leadership in establishing programs, projects and practices that provided effective and lasting solutions to the environmental problems and issues that constantly confront us, affecting the lives of the people we love and even the lives of our would-be-descendants. Even as human kindness have already pushed planet Earth towards the tipping point, your initiatives, your actions has given us so much to hope for. There is still a silver lining up above the dark clouds, there is still hope in the Bicolandia, there is still hope for Mother Earth," he said. (JNL)

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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

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