Speech delivered by Director Manolito D. Ragub During the opening of the ecotourism exhibit at Robinsons Mall September 11-12, 2013

It’s not only more fun but also more beauty in Region 8!

We welcome you to this exhibit where we showcase with pride our beautiful ecotourism destinations in the region that can compete with other ecotourism sites in the country and even the world. 

But more than seeing what is in the exhibit today, we invite you to personally visit the actual sites so that we can truly appreciate by our own selves what we have in our very own region which we can proudly call our own!

If I get it right, this ecotourism exhibit is the first of its kind in the region.  We thank the management of the Robinsons Mall for accommodating us in this beautiful, comfortable, accessible and ideal venue for this exhibit.  Thank you Robinsons’ Mall management!

I also take this opportunity to thank the organizers of this event, the Department   of Environment and Natural Resources’ Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) headed by Regional Technical Director Danilo A. Javier, the Samar Island Natural Park headed by Protected Area Superintendent Angelito Villanueva, the Department of Tourism headed by our ever supportive Regional Director Karen Teopes and all the participating local government units and partners, for coming up with this exhibit.

As I have said earlier, this exhibit is the first of its kind and we hope to come up with similar activities in the future.  The exhibit runs from September 11 until tomorrow September 12.  We aim to showcase ecotourism ready sites of Leyte, Biliran and Samar provinces in order to invite and attract more local and foreign tourists to the region.

The theme for this exhibit aptly says, “Sustaining Local Socio-Economic Growth through Community Based Ecotourism”, means that we have to highly recognize our partner LGUs who are the exhibitors of their respective ecotourism destination sites. The exhibit also highlights significant community based tourism products and activities in their respective sites which are contributing to the upliftment of the socio-economic condition of the communities in the concerned LGUs.

I hope that as you view the exhibits, you will experience pride and appreciation of the beautiful ecotourism destinations that we have in Region 8 and we can say and thank God that we are truly blessed to have these resources.

As we promote sustainable and responsible ecotourism, let the DENR leave this very important reminder.   “Much as we develop these areas for ecotourism purposes we should always put environmental protection and natural resources conservation at the forefront of all our endeavours, so that our ecotourism areas will remain ecologically balanced and continue to serve its purpose”.

Thank you very much and good afternoon.

 

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