Speech delivered by Director Manolito D. Ragub During the opening of the ecotourism exhibit at Robinsons Mall September 11-12, 2013
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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.
DENR-LGU Tacloban Launches Leyte Gulf Rehabilitation Project
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in coordination with the local government unit of Tacloban City shall launch the Leyte Gulf Rehabilitation Project (Mangrove/Beach Forest Planting) on February 28, 2014 at barangay 69, Anibong, Tacloban City.
“The coastal-mangrove stand along Leyte Gulf was among the badly damaged structures by Super Typhoon Yolanda,” reveals Regional Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He further explains the importance of bringing back the mangrove stands, emphasizing the crucial role these mangrove play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion and serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves.
Participating in the Launching Program and the subsequent mangrove planting activity are employees of the Eastern Visayas DENR Regional Office, its field offices in PENRO Leyte, CENRO Palo and CENRO Sta. Rita, together with the City of Tacloban and the barangay local government unit and residents of Barangay 69, Anibong.
The fast recovery of the damage on coastal-mangrove stands of Leyte Gulf is among the priority tasks of the DENR, even as national government, has allocated funds for the purpose. “For the year, around 38 million pesos has been earmarked for the Leyte Gulf Mangrove and Forest Plantation,” RED Sibbaluca discloses. Activities under this Project includes delineation and monumenting of easement areas (no-build zones), survey and assessment of proposed mangrove/beach forest plantation, nursery establishment, seedling production, project monitoring and supervision. These activities shall be carried out in the three provinces which were hardly hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda: Eastern Samar, Samar and Leyte.
“We are optimistic that with the active participation of the communities along the identified mangrove/coastal areas, we can bring back our mangrove/beach forest stands, which will ultimately be our protection against typhoons such as the recent Super Typhoon Yolanda,” RED Sibbaluca says./mgsucgang
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