Cebuano News: Turista sa Apo Island giawhag pag-amping sa kinaiyahan

By Leandria Pagunsan

Ang Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape Protected Area Management Board ubos sa pagdumala sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa Negros Oriental mi awhag sa mga “tour guides ug mga langyaw nga turista nga ampingan ang kinaiyahan, kabaybayonan ug kadagatan sa maong isla.

Bagohay lang gipahigayon sa DENR ang social marketing meeting uban sa mga stakeholders, Provincial Tourism Office, dive guides ug tour guides sa Apo Island tumong nga makab-ot ang mga pamaagi pag panalipod sa coral reefs, marine turtles ug ang tibook kinaiyahan sa Apo Island.

Atol sa maong tigom pinangulohan ni Theresa Quijano sa DENR, iyang gipasabot nga ang pagka daot sa reefs sa Apo Island gumikan sa mga turista ug pumboats nga motunob ug mosanglad sa mga gasang (corals).

Gibatbat usab ni Quijano nga ang paglabay  sa mga plastics sa dagat ug mga turista nga molangoy ug mohikap sa mga binuhi nga pawikan nakahatag dugang kadaot sa lugar.

Gi klaro sa mga dive guides nga nitambong sa maong tigom, tungod sa “language barrier” ilabi na sa mga langyaw nga Insik (Chinese nationals) ang usa sa mga hinungdan nga maglisod sila pagpasabot sa angayan ug dili angayan nga buhaton sa ilang pagduaw sa isla.

Aron malikay sa kadaot ang Apo island reefs, gihan-ay sa gihimong tigom ang mga pamaagi kon “interventions” sama sa pagbutang ug mga sign boards nga magpahibalo nga “guinadili ang paglabay ug plastic sa dagat, “ginadili ang pagtunob sa mga corals,” ginadili ang paghikap sa pawikan” ug magbutang ug photo booth nga barogan sa mga turista ang: “I will not step on the corals.”

Labi usab nga hatagan ug importansya ang pagbansay sa mga “tour guides” sa ilang katungdanan nga makapasabot sa mga dayong turista sa “rules and regulations” sa ilang pag suroy suroy sa isla.

Subay niini  giawhag nga magplano ug ubang kalihokan nga kalingawan sa mga turista sama sa trekking aron dili lamang snorkeling ang ilang kalingawan ug palapdan ang lugar nga makahalubilo sa mga pawikan sa dagat.

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30 barangays back shoreline protection

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City’s 30 Punong Barangays signed a resolution “declaring full and unequivocal support to the administration of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and all his priority projects” to include the rehabilitation/improvement of the Rizal Boulevard covering 17,715 square meters that has been granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

City Public Information Officer Dems Demecillo said the Punong Barangays led by Liga ng mga Barangay President Dione Amores pointed out that activity is actually part of the “shoreline protection to prevent erosion and destruction caused by waves and storm surges threatening the highway, establishments, and residences along the beachfront.”

Demecillo added that part of the resolution stressed that Mayor Remollo won overwhelmingly in all 30 barangays against his nearest rival, which is a manifestation of the popular and broad support that his administration has earned from the general public.

“They also manifested that the local officials and the public have been thoroughly and consistently consulted of the initiatives and projects of the city administration since 2016,” said Demecillo.

However, some environmentalists or critics of the project at the Rizal Boulevard accused the city government of destructing the natural environment and petitioned the ongoing “reclamation” works.

Contrary to the position espoused by the critics of the current rehabilitation and improvement of the Rizal Boulevard near the Press Club area, all chartered cities and municipalities are actually authorized by national law to reclaim foreshore lands.

Demecillo explained that Republic Acts 1899 and 5797 expressly authorized the Local Government Units like Dumaguete City not only to undertake reclamation of their foreshore lands but also to take exclusive ownership of the reclaimed lot.

He quoted Section 1 of Republic Act 1899 states that “Authority is hereby granted to all municipalities, and chartered cities to undertake and carry out at their own expense the reclamation by dredging, filling, or other means, of any foreshore lands bordering them, and to establish, provide, construct, maintain and repair proper and adequate docking and harbor facilities as such municipalities and chartered cities…”

Furthermore, paragraph 41 of Section 28 of RA 5797 or the Revised Charter of the City of Dumaguete provides that it has the power “…to undertake and carry out the reclamation of submerged land from the sea adjoining the city limits at the expenses of the city, the area thus reclaimed to belong exclusively to the city…” justified Demecillo.

Tourists urged to protect island’s natural resources

By Leandria Pagunsan

The Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape Protected Area Management Board under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has created a program towards effective coastal and fisheries resource management (CFRM) to achieve a sustainable environment in Apo Island.

 

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In a recent Apo Island Landscape and Seascape Social Marketing Seminar, representatives from Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Information Agency and scuba divers/tour guides from Apo Island recommend plans and interventions to capacitate tour guides to influence tourists to be more environment friendly and address “language barrier” between guides and foreign tourists especially Chinese nationals.(PIA7-NegOr)

 

DENR recently held the Apo Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (AIPLS) social marketing geared towards preserving and protecting the island’s natural resources focusing on behavior change for tour guides and tourists as well.

During the meeting facilitated by Theresa Quijano of DENR, she said there is a need to regulate tourists’ activities as the degraded condition of reefs in the island are attributed to tourists and boats stepping on the corals, increase in solid and liquid waste inputs, and the influx of tourists engaged in snorkeling which can cause damage to the reefs.

Quijano added that other factors contributing to the degraded condition of reefs are the improper disposal of single-use plastics and tourists getting close to the turtles.

Some dive guides in Apo Island present during the meeting explained that the problem also lies in the ”language barrier,” as they noted the challenges of communicating with tourists, especially Chinese nationals, resulting to tourists violating some rules and regulations.

Among the focused interventions agreed are to put up signboards in strategic places in the island clearly conveying policies which should be strictly enforced, such as: “No stepping on the corals”, “No touching of turtles”, and “No throwing of plastics.”

Another recommendation is to put up a photo booth for tourists showing a message of commitment: “I will not step on the corals.”

It was also noted that activities like capacitating tour guides to influence tourists to be more environment-friendly, expand turtle interaction areas, and introduce other eco-tourism activities such as trekking apart from snorkeling should be implemented.

Creating a mascot is also one of the strategies in marketing and promotion for Apo Island to be finalized and presented on August 9, 2019, based on the guidelines in choosing a flagship species, existing symbol or provincial species for the proposed mascot.