The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III and other key officials took part in the blessing and inauguration of the Bulusan Eco-Tourism Center and Facilities spearheaded by the Provincial Tourism, Culture and Arts Office of Sorsogon on March 5, 2022 at the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park (BVNP), San Roque, Bulusan, Sorsogon.
The event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing of the Bulusan Eco-Tourism facilities led by Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero, RED Milla, Department of Tourism (DOT) V Regional Director (RD) Herbie B. Aguas and Bulusan Mayor Mike G. Guysayko.
In his message, RED Milla expressed his gratitude to Governor Escudero, Mayor Guysayko and RD Aguas for their efforts to enhance the BVNP as an ecotourism site, as well as in helping the DENR carry out its mandate to protect, conserve and manage the environment and natural resources under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018.
RED Milla said that DENR will remain steadfast on its goal to protect, conserve and manage BVNP vis-à-vis the possible economic returns that the BVNP may offer to the community, the province and the whole nation.
The BVNP is one of the landscapes in the country that seemingly remains natural and undisturbed. The Bulusan Lake covers 27 hectares and is surrounded by various species of flora and fauna. Four (4) of the 72 species of terrestrial fauna recorded in the lake were listed as high conservation priority base on their global status under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species such as the Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, Southern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat, Philippine Warty Pig, and Luzon Tarictic Hornbill.