QR markers to be installed in Dgte parish churches

By Jennifer C. Tilos

 

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Most Rev. Julito Cortes (left), bishop of Diocese of Dumaguete, scanning the QR marker thru his mobile device to open the web link. (PIA Negros Oriental)

 

Leading to the celebration of the 500-year anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021, the Diocese of Dumaguete has partnered with a telecommunications company to set Quick Response (QR) interactive markers to make way for a digital tourism experience.

Bishop Julito Cortes of Diocese of Dumaguete said this is part of the preparations for 2021, which marks the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country, with March 2020 to March 2021 as a Holy Year.

Smart Communications Visayas-Mindanao Public Affairs Head Maria Jane Paredes recently turned over the initial seven QR code markers to Cortes which will be installed in parish churches.

Using the QR code markers, pilgrims, tourists, and students can access accurate information and explore heritage churches and monuments using their mobile phones.

The digital tourism program harnesses technology to deliver cultural, historical, and travel information to mobile users.

Under the program, the QR codes and near field communication chips will be installed in every church heritage structure and when scanned through a mobile device, it will open a web link on the user’s smartphone.

Paredes said through these markers, the tourist and the pilgrims can get information on a particular site right away.

The information provided has been carefully curated and validated by the Diocese and Commission on Cultural Heritage.

“This is to help also catechize the pilgrims especially the young ones because mobile technology is their arena, so we also hope to draw attention on the youth sector,” added Paredes.

“The Rome will allow us in the Philippines to declare thru the CBCP that 13 churches in every Diocese can grant plenary indulgences, like in the Diocese of Dumaguete my hope we can declare the following churches to receive indulgence Cathedral, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, and Bayawan in the south and then Sibulan, Amlan, San Jose, Tanjay, Bais, Manjuyod and Jimalalud,” the bishop said.

With this, Cortes wants the seven churches to start the QR markers that also link to a prayer and other spiritual exercises, and expand eventually to all the churches that will be declared to receive indulgences in 2020-2021.

“This is to help also catechize the pilgrims especially the young ones because mobile technology is their arena, so we also hope to draw attention on the youth sector,” added Paredes.

“The Rome will allow us in the Philippines to declare thru the CBCP that 13 churches in every Diocese can grant plenary indulgences, like in the Diocese of Dumaguete my hope we can declare the following churches to receive indulgence Cathedral, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, and Bayawan in the south and then Sibulan, Amlan, San Jose, Tanjay, Bais, Manjuyod and Jimalalud,” the bishop said.

With this, Cortes wants the seven churches to start the QR markers that also link to a prayer and other spiritual exercises, and expand eventually to all the churches that will be declared to receive indulgences in 2020-2021.

Dumaguete Cathedral, Bacong, Dauin , Francis of Asisi of Siquijor, San Juan, Lazi, Maria, Larena, and Talingting while church heritage QR markers are in various stages of completion.

Digital tourism involves the creation of apps, mobile guides, and interactive materials that give tourists and locals comprehensive and localized information about various destinations in the country, including heritage sites, nature parks, historic cities, and churches.

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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.

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.