PROTECTED AREAS FOR PROTECTED FUTURE. The Regional Ecotourism Council (REC) in Cagayan Valley has planned to hold the first Regional Protected Areas (PAs) Summit in observance of the Year of Protected Area (YoPA) slated this year.
The REC, chaired by Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and co-chaired by Regional Director Fanibeth Domingo of the Department of Tourism (DOT), discussed in the recently held council meeting the management of 'tourism circuit' tapping the involvement of travel and tour companies that will promote the ecotourism in PAs.
In her message, Director Bambalan emphasized to showcase in the summit the different PA natural attractions to include the diverse flora and fauna species endemic in the region.
“While we ensure the protection of our PAs, we also would like to promote economic and social development without of course compromising the state of our natural ecosystems and biodiversities," said the council chairperson.
She added that ecotourism program, for as long as it is implemented in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations, can bring the concept of sustainability of natural resources as management in PAs is contributing to the booming tourism industry in the Philippines.
The YoPA is an information campaign that geared towards the implementation of the country’s conservation roadmap called Philippine Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (PBSAP) from 2015 to 2028. It will be led by the DENR through the Biodiversity Management Bureau in partnership with the DOT and Department of the Interior and Local Government.#