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Natural Resources in Bohol
« on: June 19, 2007, 06:10:11 PM »
Natural Resources

Minerals

About half of the province is covered with limestone and other non-metallic minerals like high-grade silica, guano, and clay. For instance, the limestone deposits in Garcia-Hernandez cover a 640 hectare-spread with 600 million tons available for processing by the Philippine Sinter Corporation.

Forest Products

Vines and fibers constitute Bohol's lush vegetation which is a source of indigenous raw materials for its handicraft industry.

Water Resources

Abundant supply of surface water is provided by 434 springs, 59 rivers and 197 creeks, a ready reservoir for a water development program.

Eco-Tourism

Bohol is gaining prestige as a prime eco-cultural tourist destination in the region.

Lie the other islands in the region, Bohol has an abundance of pristine white sand beaches and azure blue waters. Coral reefs teem with a variety of picturesque marine life. Most notable of these sites and increasing in world renown are those found in Pamilacan, Balicasag, and Cabilao islands, becoming a haven for tourists and scuba divers.

Inland, serving as magnets to local and foreign tourists, are sights that are equally remarkable. These are Bohol's natural wonders such as waterfalls, underground caves, bubbly springs and verdant forests.

Some of these sights earned worldwide interest such as: the 1,268 perfectly coned hay cock hills more popularly known as the Chocolate Hills, hunched together with elevations of 40-120 meters high; the Baclayon church, the best preserved Jesuit-built church in the region; the reclusive Philippine tarsier, the world's smallest monkey endemic only to Bohol and a protected species.

Gradually taking shape is the 2,000-hectare Panglao Island Tourism Estate just off Tagbilaran City. Declared as a flagship project of the government, the PITE is one of the five tourist satellite destinations in the country where investments in hotel/resort complex, convention facilities, sports/ recreational facilities, golf course, shopping centers, retirement and handicraft villages and marina are being promoted.

Agriculture/Aqua Culture

The province is blessed with fertile soil and bountiful sea making it the farmland and fish pen of Central Visayas.

Forty-five percent of its land area is devoted to agriculture. Rice production is applied in 80,918 hectares yielding on an average of 4.4 metric tons per hectare.

Coconut on the other hand, is grown in 63,502 hectares. Ubi kinampay, a violet yam, is also grown. Mango is an emerging agricultural product with 120,000 fruit-bearing ttrees and 180,000 more by the turn of the century. Mango harvest reached 422 metric tons in 1996 or an average of one metric ton per hectare.

process prawns are directly exported to Japan. Lobster, sea weeds and milk fish are likewise harvested. Sea weeds of the eucheuma variety are cultured and are marketed to Cebu for processing into various grades of carageenan.

--data from the provincial government--

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