The Cebu Provincial Government through the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office (CPTO) is determined in developing community-based ecotourism projects for the different municipalities all over the province through the implementation of the Cebu Community-based Ecotourism (CBET) Project training workshops. Hence, CPTO invited representatives from the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) to participate in the ‘Ecotourism Business and Operation Planning Workshop’ held last January 7-9, 2019 at Eskapo Verde Resort, Badian, Cebu. Senior Science Research Specialists, Chona M. Tura and Lyndisa C. Quiachon together with the Camp 7 Non-Timber Planters Multi-Purpose Cooperative representative, Anita B. Oro attended the three-day workshop, a sequel and the third among the series of workshops being organized by the CPTO.
The tourism office personnel greatly appreciated CRERDEC for sending representatives during the ‘Ecotourism Management Planning Workshop’ held last September 24-27, 2018. Same CRERDEC participants attended the said activity and were able to produce the Module 2 output, the Ecotourism Management Plan of their identified ecotourism site in Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu. The plan includes the formulation of the vision, goals, objectives, strategies, and plans for the said eco-destination.
Cebu Provincial Tourism Officer, Joselito ‘Boboi’ Costas is hopeful that participants will acquire a solid grounding on sustainable tourism after joining the series of trainings. Participants comprised tourism, planning and environment officers and representatives from the Local Government Units (LGUs). Barangay representatives from the five (5) municipalities of Cebu: San Fernando, Minglanilla, Tabogon, Sogod, and Tuburan and two (2) cities: Cebu and Carcar City also attended the training. Lyndysa Quiachon, CRERDEC