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.
Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism
by USEC PHILIP CAMARA
(Published in The Manila Times, 05 January 2017)
TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.
The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.
One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.
With Secretary Gina at the helm of a major government department that has a direct and meaningful role in national development, the area development paradigm is set to take off and this time under the leadership of a capable and knowledgeable environment and natural resources secretary. For one, Secretary Gina has been a practitioner of area development approaching the various undertakings of the ABS-CBN Foundation in Palawan and other provinces wherein the local people were the implementers and the beneficiaries of the eco-tourism projects that simply highlighted the potential of their area (thus the term area development).Read more...
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