A year after it was closed due to COVID-19, the Lake Danao Natural Park (LDNP) in Ormoc City reopens to tourists and visitors.
Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Merlyn Barte said starting March 31, 2021 the LDNP will accept up to seventy five (75) visitors a day, or 50% of the protected area’s carrying capacity of one hundred fifty (150) visitors daily.
The LDNP is offering amenities for overnight stay, small meetings and functions, photo shoots, nature appreciation, and activities such as kayaking and boating. A floating cottage which can accommodate up to forty (40) persons is also available to visitors. The LDNP collects fifty pesos as entrance fee. PASu Barte said visitors coming in to the park are required to present their Ormoc City QR codes and follow minimum health protocols.
The community and the people’s organizations within the PA celebrated the reopening of the ecotourism site hoping that they will be able to revive the livelihood activities they once depended upon to support their daily needs.
“Many have lost their source of income when LDNP was closed due to COVID-19. We are very happy that we will be able to earn income and restart our livelihood, even partially and under strict health protocols”, Barangay Danao Chairman Richard Impas says.
Mr. Reynaldo Franco, Chairman of LDNP Protected Area Management Board Technical Working Group (PAMB-TWG), said after months of restrictions amid the pandemic, the LDNP reopens with new developments. More plans, programs, and projects are to be implemented in partnership with the community and the local government unit before it fully reopens.
Meanwhile, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Ormoc Alejandro Bautista invites tourists to visit the LDNP, known for its 148 hectares guitar-shaped lake, cool atmosphere, rich wildlife, and lush mountain ranges.
The LDNP is one of Eastern Visayas’ seven protected areas legislated under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018.