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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, October 11, 2018
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Ecotourism sites highlighted
in photo exhibit competition
BY JOEVEL A. BARTOLOME

 

The Community Environment and Natural Resources offices in Negros Occidental will highlight the ecotourism sites and activities of the province in an In-House Photo Exhibit contest at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Bacolod City in the entire month of October.

The exhibit aims to display the data banking of the ecotourism sites under the jurisdiction of the CENROs – Bago in the Mount Kanla-on Natural Park, Cadiz in the Sagay Marine Reserve, and Kabankalan in the Northern Negros Natural Park.

“This is for future reference of PENRO in planning and programming, as well as upholding solidarity and cooperation as one department in attaining target activities, programs, and projects, giving importance to data and figures in statistics,” PENRO information officer, Ma. Theresa Robles, said.

This is the second activity headed by the department, in celebration of the 29 th National Statistics Month, on the theme “Exploring Wonders in Numbers: Statistics towards Sustainable Tourism Development”.

CENRO Bago’s booth gives emphasis to the diverse flora, fauna, and ecotourism sites found in the MKNP, as well as other sites such as the Malatan-og Falls in Salvador Benedicto, and Tinagong Dagat in Talisay City.

Marine life and fisheries are the central focus of the CENRO Cadiz booth, that boasts of natural resources found in the Sagay Marine Reserve, including the Molocaboc Reef and the Suyac Island Mangrove Eco Park.

It also showed other protected areas, such as the Ta ñon Strait in San Carlos City, and the Gawahon Eco Park in Victorias City.

Meanwhile, CENRO Kabankalan showcased the wildlife found in the NNNP, whose booth is surrounded by life-sized sculptures of endemic animals, like the Visayan Warty Pig and Visayan Spotted Deer.

It also showed activities, and protected areas, such as the Sipalay Forest and Marine Reserves, and the beaches of Punta Balo, Sugar, and Poblacion, to name a few.

Aside from the photos of sights and species of both animals and plants, the booths also displayed the progress in different sections and projects under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The accomplishments on the National Greening Program, conservation and development, enforcement, and licenses, patents, and deeds on land uses and dispositions, were also exhibited.

The exhibits will be judged on October 15, and the winners will be awarded with certificates and cash prizes on October 29, along with other National Statistics Month winners.*

 

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