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Sustainability of Eco-tourism in Bohol
« on: January 03, 2009, 07:01:19 AM »
The karst landscape of Bohol, Philippines has been famous in the international scientific community not only because of its scenic beauty but of its scientific importance as the best kegel (cone) karst example.  This has prompted the government to protect the landscape through proclamations by Pres. Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo as an implementing teeth of the NIPAS Act of 1992.
In this light, the provincial government since the time of governor Relampagos packaged the tourism potentials of the island in an Eco-tourism frame.  Inculcating the ideals of ecological health and participation, the government through the aid of the civil society conceptualized such framework.

In order to sustain this, the government together with its corresponding partners in the civil society  should find measures on how management of protected areas be handed over to the local people.
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Re: Sustainability of Eco-tourism in Bohol
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009, 08:31:51 PM »
Ayessa, I could remember 5 years ago there was a scandal about a businessman trying to make his quarry business near/on of the hill of the chocolate hills. It took some time before it was stopped. Now you are obliged, having the talent to have your post graduate studies and knew more about the uniqueness of this karst landscape, to help protect this natural beauty of Bohol.

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Re: Sustainability of Eco-tourism in Bohol
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009, 09:56:41 PM »
Best Example of this negligence is the quarry in Garcia Hernandez.

For everyone's information, our limestone is the highest grade around 80-90% purity and is the best material for making top of the line ceramics in Japan.

However, the deal between Philippine Cinter & Japan is 100 years. It happened since I was grade six back then (1979).

Na upaw na lang ang bukid sa Garcia Hernandez. Hapit na ma upos, apan wala koy nakita nga kauswagan sa lugar. At least naay high rise building or shopping complex, to the least a decent public market. Asa man diay ang kwarta ani nga na ipon for more than 30 years of rent/taxes?

Back then, the deal was in a closed door. There were no public consultations, no ecological assesment, no study conducted. We do not know the extent of damage to our ecology and biodiversity from start of that mine up to present. There were dynamite blastings that may disturb the natural habitat of rare species and clear cutting of indigenous forest.

As per my uncle who is a farmer in Bilar, he noticed something that disturbed me. He said that since the quary began in Garcia Hernandez, the water supply at Raja Sikatuna Park and Lugarita was reduced. Also some wells were dried up. Those wells were dug by my grandfather and known to have water even during drought. Note that Raja Sikatuna is just behind the Quarry site of Garcia Hernandez.

All I can say is we are all loosers due to our negligence.
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