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P. Galera to host 2015 Beautiful Bays congress

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The Philippine delegation to the 10th World Congress included PGMBBI president Hubert d’Aboville (4th from left), directors Allan Nash and Araceli d’Aboville, Puerto Galera Mayor Hubbert Dolor, city councilor Marlon Lopez, Rubilyn Soderstrom and Rafael Cataquis, with Galip Gur (4th  from right), president of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club.

MANILA, Philippines – The Puerto Galera Most Beautiful Bay Inc. (PGMBBI) recently participated in the 10th World Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World held in Yeosu, South Korea, dubbed as the Center of International Marine Tourism which also hosted the Expo 2014 Yeosu Korea.

Puerto Galera Bay will host the 11th World Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in November 2015, which aims to attract delegates from 30 bays from 20 different countries to come to Manila and Puerto Galera.

In his presentation at the congress, Hubert d’Aboville emphasized that next year will be “Visit the Philippines Year 2015,” a worldwide campaign  which begins with the visit of Pope Francis in January, followed by the various APEC meetings and culminating in the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November, a week before the 11th World Congress.

 D’Aboville urged his fellow member-bays to attend the 11th World Congress in the Philippines. He also announced that the Department of Tourism would host all the foreign journalists during their coverage of the 11th World Congress.

The DOT and the governor of Oriental Mindoro together with the mayor of Puerto Galera will be the principal hosts of the event.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/travel-and-tourism/2014/10/31/1386196/p.-galera-host-2015-beautiful-bays-congress

The beauty of Puerto Galera

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by Euden Valdez via Manila Times

Philippine island destination to host world congress of bays club in February

IN the northern coastline of Mindoro Island, the seventh biggest among the Philippines’ legendary 7,107 islands, lies the bay of Puerto Galera.

Accessible via boat from the port of Batangas from Metro Manila, the island has long been a favorite destination among Filipinos, thanks to its white beaches, clear waters and abundant nature, as well as being affordable especially when compared to Boracay.

Unknown to many to this day though, Puerto Galera has been named “The Most Beautiful Bay in the World,” credited as such since 2005 by Club Des Plus Belles Baies Du Monde or the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World.

Hubert d’ aboville, president and founder of the Puerto Galera Most Beautiful Bay Inc. PHOTO By ABBy PalMOnEs

Hubert d’ aboville, president and founder of the Puerto Galera Most Beautiful Bay Inc. PHOTO By Abby Palmones


This accolade is thanks to Frenchman Hubert d’Aboville who has made the Philippines his second home, and Puerto Galera his home away from home. (d’Aboville was featured on The Sunday Times Magazine cover story, “Man on Malasimbo’s Mountain,” on January 12, 2014,).

His titular d’Aboville Foundation took charge of the meticulous accreditation process, and up to this day, works hard to maintain Puerto Galera’s place in the internationally known club.

This year, d’Aboville’s efforts, coupled with the strong support of Puerto Galera’s local government, will come to fruition as the island hosts the 11th Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World. Happening in February, the event will gather representatives from about 30 bay members of the club.

Last week, d’Aboville and Puerto Galera Mayor Hubbert Dolor shared their enthusiasm over the upcoming congress—especially how it is poised to boost the municipality’s local tourism—at a press conference at the Holiday Inn and Suites Makati.

“This is a very good way to promote worldwide our country and our bay[s],” enthused d’Aboville noting that he had seen this potential at the club’s previous gatherings around the globe. Out of the total 10 congresses held, he had already attended eight, three of which he asked Mayor Dolor to accompany him.

For his part, Dolor admitted that hosting such a big delegation will be a challenge for Puerto Galera, even as it is a first class municipality with 12 coastal barangays, one upland barangay, and a population of 32,000.

Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that they will be able to accommodate their guests from around the world. He shared, “We are a diverse people and we are able to manage the foreign investors, as well as the countless tourists that come to us, both locally and internationally.”

Also in support of Puerto Galera Most Beautiful Bay Inc.’s endeavor is the Tourism Promotions Board of the Department of Tourism, as well as the Environmental Protection Office of the President of the Philippines.

All hard work
For additional background, The Sunday Times Magazine asked d’Aboville how Puerto Galera was chosen to host bay of the 11th congress.

He replied, “About three years ago, I was asked as the president and founder of the Puerto Galera Most Beautiful Bay Inc. ‘Will you want to take charge of the 11th World Congress?’
“At that time, I didn’t know what would happen but I said yes! And the beginning of the bidding started and it was a lot of work.”

D’Aboville then recalled how tough competition was what with other bays also bidding to bring the congress to their countries.

“On the world board, they voted for the Philippines. [So] we are blessed to be selected,” d’Aboville proudly said.
In a way, the selection did not come as a surprise for d’Aboville who said that Puerto Galera has always been an active member of the club. He explained, “In this world organization, our Philippine team is very visible. We continually show the things that we do in Puerto Galera so people recognize us.”

Adapting to climate change
As the 11th World Congress of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World takes place from February 1 to 6, the event has aptly taken the theme, “Adapting to climate change.”  Significantly, it aims to address problems caused by the world’s greatest environmental challenge.

“All around the world, we are facing the same problem [of climate change]. The bays in Mexico, in Canada, in Brazil, in France, in Portugal, always have the same problems,” the French expatriate lamented.

Come February, this beautiful bay will get global attention anew

Come February, this beautiful bay will get global attention anew

As such, the club members are expected to discuss their respective situations, as well as come up with solutions, which can be shared among the different countries.

“Nobody is allowed to go there and not talk and share. This is key, sharing your problems, experiences and solutions,” d’Aboville enthused.

The d’Aboville Foundation is active in the environmental preservation of Oriental Mindoro’s bays by holding regular coastal clean-ups, among other projects.

It also strongly supports the Noe Conservation that spearheads the protection of the Philippines’ tamaraw, an endangered species of water buffalo that is only found in the island. Its work is concentrated at Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park that runs from Oriental Mindoro down to Occidental Mindoro.

 

Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/the-beauty-of-puerto-galera/241018/

Puerto Galera to host Most Beautiful Bays world congress

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By Rodel Alzona via Business Mirror

The Philippines will host the highly prestigious 11th World Congress of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World next year, which will showcase Puerto Galera as a prime tourist destination.

The congress, slated for late November 2015, will culminate the “Visit the Philippines” year and is expected to be participated in by more than 100 tourism officials from 20 countries who will be looking at Puerto Galera and its capacity to take on increased number of tourist arrivals.

Puerto Galera Most Beautiful Bay Inc. (PGMBBI) Head Hubert d’Aboville said Puerto Galera is a good microcosm of the Philippines as a tourism destination.

“In Puerto Galera we have the beaches, resorts, multiple diving spots, great food, entertainment for the whole family, and the warm hospitality of the Filipinos.  During the congress, we are not just showcasing Puerto Galera but we are pushing for Philippine tourism as a whole,” d’Aboville said.

Puerto Galera is about three-and-a-half hours away from Manila through bus and ferry rides. It has multiple accommodations from one star to five star hotels and resorts.

Puerto Galera is also the gateway to the island of Mindoro and the ancestral territory of eight distinct ethno-linguistic indigenous groups, the Mangyans, who struggle to preserve their cultural identity.

The island of Mindoro offers a great potential for ecotourism development that could, in return, support the preservation of its natural and cultural heritage, including the preservation of the critically endangered Tamaraw, a species of dwarf buffalo strictly endemic to this island.

According to d’Aboville, the World Congress of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World will be held in Manila with the general assembly in Puerto Galera. The Department of Tourism with its Tourism Promotions Board will be the main sponsors with the local government of Oriental Mindoro and the town of Puerto Galera heavily involved.

For his part, Puerto Galera Mayor Hubbert Christopher Dolor said: “Our community is looking forward to hosting the congress.  We take great pride in how we have preserved the natural beauty of Puerto Galera.  The lush greenery and the beautiful beaches that we have will be in full display during the congress.”

The five-day conference is expected to discuss environmental issues, including the challenges and importance of preserving the ecosystem. New bays that are up for inclusion in the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club will be presented during the congress.

Puerto Galera Bay, which in 2005 became a full member of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World, is increasingly becoming a favorite destination of European travelers.

The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-supported organization that has been advocating the protection, enhancement, promotion and commitment of prime bays globally. It also seeks to maintain the balance between the economic development and the conservation of natural heritage.

PGMBBI is a nonprofit organization composed of Puerto Galera residents that are responsible for the overall preservation of the Puerto Galera Bay and its coastal environment.

 

Original Article: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/puerto-galera-to-host-most-beautiful-bays-world-congress/

5TH WORLD CONGRESS OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BAYS IN THE WORLD CLUB

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HE REPORT:

May 15-17, 2009; Setubal, Portugal

I. COMING TOGETHER IS A BEGINNING…

Friday, May 15, 2009-

The sum of small efforts, taken as one, equaled to and meant a big success for us. In nexus, the totality of the thinking or planning, sensing or feeling, acting and manipulating coastal and environmental activities, giving attention to details- collectively and proudly uttered the achievement of the Philippine Delegation to the 5th World Congress of “The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club (or in short, WMBB Club)”, which was held recently, last May 14-17, 2009 in Estalagem do Sado, Setubal, Portugal. The World Congress Theme was “United By Oceans” (Oceanos Que Nos Unem).

Perhaps for some people, our advocacy could be just a drop in the ocean but for us it was really a great success. We experienced this successful endeavor definitely because of the long yet smart preparations done by the officers, members, organizers and nature advocates of the WMBB club. For the Philippines, this was spearheaded by Mr. Hubert D’Aboville and wife Ara, with other delegates, to wit- Dr. Alberto Fenix, Jr. and his wife, Isabel, Ex-Councilor Daniel Enriquez, Mrs. Luz E. Lombos and Ms. Therese Goldenaire E. Lombos, the Champion in the Worldwide Essay Writing Contest. Her entry was about the Puerto Galera Bay of our country.

As the famous saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Our trip first to Amsterdam albeit it was a long and tedious one was safe and enjoyable. Oh, it was an experience of a 12-hour, butt-aching travel aboard the Air France-KLM airplane! There was no ennui but excitement and enthusiasm to represent and bring the pride and beauty of our country, particularly the Puerto Galera Bay. Moreover, it was the friendly people and their warm reception who made the event awesome plus the fact that nature was indeed breathtaking, most especially the beautiful Setubal Bay, the clean Setubal City itself and its cold climate, and the historical Lisbon City and other suburban areas of Portugal.

At the outset, there was a registration which took almost an hour. We were given our I.D.’s, WMBB official pins and bags where we found the packet of information necessary for the 3-day sessions. The opening session of the first day started a bit late but it was superimposed by the presence and wonderful messages of the following dignitaries—

· Maria das Dores Meira, the Mayor of Setubal

· Jerome Bignon, President of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World

· Jose Manuel Parreira, Tourism Portugal I.P.

Later after the coffee break, we heard speakers from different countries—

· Mario Ruivo- President of the National Council of the Environment and Sustainable Development

· Nancy Hochstrasser-Castillo- representing the Tadoussac Bay (Canada) and Banderas Bay (Mexico)

· Hong, Jong Uk- Ambassade De Coree Premier Secretaire, Korea-Expo 2012-Yeosu “The Living Ocean and Coast”; The Organizing Committee presented Expo 2012 and they received a round of warm applause.

Ms. Therese Goldenaire E. Lombos, 18 years old from the Philippines stole the scene because aside from being the youngest, she was awarded and recognized for being the First-Prized Winner in the Worldwide Essay Writing Contest which was entitled as “Here Is My Bay”. This was participated by many students- imagine just in Nah Trang, Vietnam, Therese Goldenaire defeated 200 Vietnamese students as reported, and many more from different countries. She accepted the certificates both in English and French translations. Well, she was admired by everyone for her great feat. Hence, she received the accolades from the participants of the World Congress.

The second session (afternoon) —

· The first talk was given by Carlos Sousa Reis, representing the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and Permanent Forum for the Affairs of the Sea (Ministry of National Defense).

· This was followed by another talk entitled, “The Elimination of Plastic Bags” by Eric Lore.

· The second message was delivered by Jerome Bignon, President of the WMBB Club and moderator of the session with Andre Martins as Co-Moderator & Chairman of the Setubal Bay Association.

· Common Bottlenose Dolphin’s Population in Sado Estuary- Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity/Department of Management of Classified Areas-Wetlands- was discussed by Marina Sequeira and Joao Carlos Farinha.

· The topic- Oceans: diversity, management and future, Sub-Honorary Director of College of France, Scientific Committee—was led and explained by Daniel Jouvance and Yves Le Gal.

The session was closed by Tito Rosa, President of the Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity at around 7:00 p.m.

Cheery lunch and dinner were served with their delicious and exotic culinary specialties. Bottles of wine were plenty. White wines and red wines did match with sardines, grilled fish and grilled spare ribs. By the way, fishing is their prominent industry. The fado, classical music added fun and romantic ambience, too.

II. KEEPING TOGETHER IS PROGRESS…

Saturday, May 16, 2009-

Just like a ladder with ascending steps, this event was likened to a commensurable increasing success, there were rungs of opportunities in order to reach its highest level by way of expressing and pronouncing reports, opinions, and resolutions; and by imparting and sharing a wealth of information and concepts.

The General Assembly of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Session reserved for members of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club…T’is the reason why they were in an open, semi-circled formation. Members had the chance to talk and report the progress of the bay whereupon they represent. Mr. Hubert d’Aboville reported to the club that Puerto Galera Bay has established its own website and presently working to make the town as the first plastic free municipality in the Philippines. Mr. Alberto Fenix proposed many inputs during the deliberation on club’s charter amendments which were unanimously approved by the body. Mr. Danny Enriquez who will report on the environmental projects/activities at Puerto Galera Bay such as mangrove tree planting, underwater clean up etc. was not able to report due to limited time. An election was also held this session. Jerome Bignon and Bruno Bodard were reelected as president and secretary general of the club respectively.

III. WORKING TOGETHER IS SUCCESS…

Sunday, May 17, 2009-

The much-awaited tour around the Setubal Bay was participated by almost of the attendees of the 5th World Congress. This fun was continued in the evening when there were much revels and when gastronomic dinner was served to us. Each deserved this treat after working together.

Coming home, everyone became ideal in every respect. We became dreamers. We were urged to dream more for our beloved country and put this into action. The wonderful experiences would link us not by just being “United by Oceans” but by being connected with immediate actions towards our vision. Conclusively, the words of Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.” are proper for this special environmental event.

Written by: Edited by :

Luz E. Lombos Danny Enriquez

Academy Directress

Lombosco Academy

June 1, 2009

Additional Note: Environmental Impression on Setubal Bay

1. The City is very clean. You cannot see litters around the city.

2. Despite it is a big city with multiple use of the bay, e.g. yatch moorings, tourism, fishing industry, ship yard etc., they are able to maintain the cleanliness of the bay and the water quality. You can’t smell foul odor from the water of the bay.

3. The height of the building is almost the same usually 2-3 story building with uniform roof color- brick red and brown.

Puerto Galera Bay named among the world’s best

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Source: BUSINESS MIRROR, March 26, 2009

The Most Beautiful Bay Association-Philippine chapter recently held its first general assembly at the Puerto Galera municipal gymnasium to preserve and promote Puerto Galera Bay, which was named one of the world’s best bays.

There were presentations from different sectors in the tourism, cultural, environmental, government and people’s sectors to create synergy among the stakeholders of the town. Puerto Galera Mayor Hubbert Dolor was the guest speaker in the event.

Puerto Galera Bay was admitted as member of the Paris-based Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club in April 2005 during its annual assembly Nha Trang, Vietnam.

The award was given to the bay because of its natural beauty, diverse marine life, rich history and important economic contribution. The bay is a sanctuary to 152 coral species and 19 mangrove species in the country, and nine out of the world’s seagrass species.

Puerto Galera Bay among world’s best

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Source: PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER, May 12, 2005

The Puerto Galera Bay in northern Oriental Mindoro is now a member of the prestigious Club of Most Beautiful Bays in the World.

Supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the club is an international non-government organization based in Vannes, France which aims to promote, protect and develop marine and bay sources.

It was founded in Berlin in March 1997, upon the initiative by the tourism office of the Vannes region in the Gulf of Morbihan in France.

Puerto Galera is the 32nd bay in the world to be recognized as among the world’s most beautiful and the third in Asia after the Halong and Nha Trang Bays in Vietnam. It is the first in the Philippines.

The accreditation was based on four concerns: protection, enhancement, promotion and local people’s commitment to the project.

Puerto Galera’s winning features were captured by Frenchman Hubbert D’Aboville, 50, in an audio-visual documentary he presented before 80 club members in Agadir, Morocco, in November last year.

On May 7, D’Aboville turned over the diploma of club membership to the municipal government, through Vice Mayor Juan Ascan, at his house in Villa Malasimbo during the launching of the Puerto Galera Bay Association, the club’s local chapter. Over a hundred guests came, the Frenchman said.

The Puerto Galera Bays club membership was recognized on March 30 in Nha Trang. The club has been helping it gain worldwide publicity.

D’Aboville showed to his guests the slide presentation that won the membership diploma for the bay.

Discovery

The documentary narrated that Puerto Galera was discovered by Spanish explorers Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo on their way to Manila in 1570. Since the 10th century, it has been known to seafarers as a trading port and strategic harbor along the vital shipping routes to and from the near East, Indian coast, Indochinese coast, China, various points within the Philippine archipelago, and the kingdoms of Sumatra and Java.

According to residents, the town of Puerto Galera used to be a lonely place as nobody wanted to inherit the beach area from their parents, until it was discovered in the 1960s by European backpackers.

D’Aboville said the University of the Philippines established a marine biological station in the town in the mid-1930s.

The post has identified 121 fish species (from the reefs); from the families of Pomacantridae, 140 species; Pomacanthidaw, five species; and Chaetodontidae, 15 species; nine out of 16 seagrass species in the whole world; 19 of the 40 mangrove species in the Philippines (dominant are the Rhizopora apiculata, Avicennia of ficinalis and the Avicennia marina); 152 out of 400 coral species in the country; and the rare hard corals, Anacropora puertogalerae.

In the ’70s, Puerto Galera became a “Man and Biosphere Reserve”, an environmental program of the UNESCO, owing to its diverse and unique marine and terrestrial flora and fauna.

In 2000, the Department of Tourism declared it the ninth tourist destination in the Philippines.

D’Aboville, a forester, married Araceli Valenzuela, a Filipina and granddaughter of revolutionary hero Pio Valenzuela, in 1982. Araceli was then engaged in tourism work in Manila.

Later, D’Aboville commissioned a man to look all over the country for a place to a stay. After a month, the man could not find a place to his liking, he said.

On their 10th wedding anniversary, the Frenchman was worried about his gift to his wife. “My kids saved me on the evening of Dec. 30, 1992 at the Coco Beach. They were holding beautiful shells from the shore of Puerto Galera”.

The following day, D’Aboville went to Tony Taylor, owner of the Ponderosa golf course in Puerto Galera, and was shown a 2,000 square-meter property. “It was just the size of my lot in Manila, I wanted more space to stay outside”, he said.

One day, as he traversed Mount Malasimbo, he climbed a tamarind tree and saw a scenic view of Puerto Galera. “And that’s it”, he said.

A certain Angela Cataquis showed him a land title covering an area of 10 hectares and one square meter, which, incidentally, was the number of years D’Aboville, had been married (10 years and one day). Right out, the land purchase was consummated.

“We have had the best relationship with the Cataquises since then”, said D’Aboville.

Now a resident of Puerto Galera for 25 years, D’Aboville has been bringing many of his countrymen to Puerto Galera. He rents a house in Manila, where he manages a power and company. He is involved in a rural electrification project in Masbate, which is financed by the French government.

Personal Advocacy

D’Aboville’s commitment is more than personal. “Boracay is degraded after 20 years. Excess of something will kill a place. Development is very tricky; you have to think a plan. We don’t want this to happen to Puerto Galera”, he said.

“This world is so small, fragile. We’re caretakers for a short time, I also care for myself and to live longer, we have to protect while enjoying the environment. It’s our responsibility to keep it. I’m terrified at the continuing cutting of trees in the country. People seem to not be scared of the effects”, he said.

He remains steadfast in his advocacy for Puerto Galera, following up what the municipal government has done on reported cases of illegal logging.

A hectare of coffee plantation was started by his farm manager, Maning Morillo, a graduate of the University of the Philippines.

“We will plant seedlings to be given away to the people around us. I can buy their produce and sell them to Nestlé. It can be like a cooperative”, he said. “They’ll be happy and this will even stop soil erosion”, he said.

D’Aboville has been talking with key people. “Whether the diploma will remain on the mayor’s table or the recognition will remain as such is to be seen. And I don’t know whether they’ve understood me”.

“People here are so familiar with Puerto Galera that they take it for granted. We’re not much concerned with money but with conservation [of resources and beauty], job [generation], then attracting tourism. Purity of air, freedom and others are what the paying tourists are after,” said D’Aboville.

Because of D’Aboville’s contributions, Councilor Daniel Enriquez has proposed to make the Frenchman an “adopted son” of the town.

Puerto Galera is 2005’s world’s most beautiful bay

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Source: MANILA BULLETIN, May 3, 2005

Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro was recently cited as the “Most Beautiful Bay in the World” by a European-based advocacy group of the same name.

The citation, given last April 2 in Nha Trang City, Vietnam in effect enlisted Puerto Galera as a new member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club with over 80 members from various countries.

The protection, enhancement, promotion and commitment of the world’s top bays are the club’s fundamental mantra to hasten economic development without exploiting the natural resources.

Councilor Daniel T. Enriquez and Hubert d’Aboville, a Founder and President of Together-Esemble, received the significant citation. d’Aboville, who heads the Philippine-based Together-Ensemble foundation, has been a long-time partner of the local government, alongside with the Locsin Foundation, headed by Tito Locsin.

In a recent press conference, both sectors expressed hopes that the municipals “quality” tourism coupled with tight environmental health security would boost not only the tourism industry in the Oriental Mindoro, but also the country as whole.

Enriquez, who heads the Committee on Environmental Protection, and representing Mayor Teo Atienza, cited anew the importance of the award for them and his municipality.

Into the world tourism map

Winning the award marked the gradual inclusion of the country into a world tourism map, saying that the citation was an honor not only for the municipal government, but also for the country.

“We hope that through this membership, Puerto Galera will be known and included into the world tourism map. With this also, we are looking forward that Puerto Galera Bay will be more environmentally protected by following wise tourism practices being implemented by the other member bays,” Enriquez said.

In three months, the municipality, known for its finest beaches, lured million of local tourists and more than 12,000 foreign tourists, according to Venancio Yap, municipal administrator.

The influx of local and foreign tourists shows that indeed Puerto Galera has been eyed as one of the country’s prominent spots in the tourism enclave.

Tourism: ‘life and blood’

Yap said the tourism industry in Puerto Galera is the “life and blood of the people,” citing that only a small portion of the area can be utilized for agricultural purposes and the rest are intended for tourism purposes.

However, d’Aboville cautioned the officials over the increasing number of tourists, saying a well-prepared scheme to address the needs of the tourists is needed, knowing that Filipinos has been acclaimed for their warm hospitality.

“The more we bring in tourists, the more we must be organized,” d’Aboville said.

According to Yap, the capacity to receive tourists must be the main concern of the local government, saying that any discrepancies might trigger the death of the tourism industry in the area.

Battling for sustainable tourism

Locsin said the “fantastic biodiversity” should not be threatened, stressing that the concerned officials, groups, and agencies should map out a strategy “to minimize the impact and make it sustainable.”

Yap further said that any ecological imbalance and biodiversity destruction would “mean total starvation in the area.”

In response to the posing threat of the continuous tourism outburst, Vice Mayor Juan S. Ascan, Jr. assured that the local government has already installed administrative and legal systems of safeguards to shield the environment from any harm.

“We have ordinances regulating activities in the different beaches, as well as in the mountains and all around Puerto Galera. Aside from that, we conducted some meetings in every barangay to disseminate some activities in connection with conservation and protection of our natural resources,” Ascan said.

To really preserve Puerto Galera’s biodiversity, they reactivated the “Bantay Dagat” project to watch activities not only in the beaches, but also in the diving sites.

He added that their tourist guides undergo seminars to properly guide the tourists.

He said the municipal administration is sincere in taking its full-swing effort to also maintain peace and order in the area.

Quality tourism

Due to diverse and unique seascapes, Puerto Galera was tagged as a “Man and Biosphere (MAB) Reserved,” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1970. In 2000, it gained prominence, following the award given by the Department of Tourism as the 9th Tourist destination in the Philippine archipelago.

Indeed, the fantastic biodiversity coupled with the commitment to protect the environment made Puerto Galera achieve their grandeur in both local and global tourism arena.

It’s not the “quantity” tourism that counts, but “quality” tourism.

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