Left Photo: Dr. Henry A. Adornado signing the MOA virtually. Right Photo: Mayor Jose C. Tumulak, Jr. of Oslob, Cebu, DENR PENRO Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis and DENR CENRO Nolito A. Lapinig during the photo ops after the MOA signing.

To ensure strong partnership for the promotion, implementation, and adoption of the Carrying Capacity technology in Oslob, Cebu, a MOA signing among tourism stakeholders in the municipality was held last November 24, 2020 at the SB Session Hall, Poblacion, Oslob, Cebu.

The signing of MOA was led by the Hon. Mayor of Oslob, Jose C. Tumulak, Jr. PENR Officer, For. Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis represented DENR PENRO Cebu and CENR Officer, For. Nolito A. Lapinig for DENR CENRO Argao.

ERDB Director, Dr. Henry A. Adornado and CRERDEC Center Head Dr. Alicia L. Lustica also joined and virtually signed the MOA. The Chairs of the barangays where the tourism destinations in Oslob are found; Tan-awan, Tumalog, Luka and Bancogon and the PO representatives from Bangcogon Oslob Fisherman Assoc. (BOFA), Tan-awan Oslob Sea Warden and Fisherman Assoc. (TOSWFA), Hagdan Oslob Farmers and Fisherman Assoc. (HOFA), and Oslob Hotels and Resorts Assoc. (OHARA) were also present to sign the MOA.

Mayor Tumulak expressed his gratitude to ERDB-CRERDEC and DENR 7 for the initiative and commitment in promoting sustainable tourism in the municipality of Oslob. With the gradual re-opening of tourism destinations in the municipality at this time of the pandemic, DENR hopes that the local stakeholders will understand and adopt the best practices and implement local policies that will ensure conservation and sustainability of Oslob’s natural capital.

Strong partnership and cooperation among ERDB-CRERDEC, DENR, LGU Oslob and other tourism-related stakeholders in the municipality is vital in order to ensure the adoption and implementation of the Carrying Capacity.

A mechanism to monitor the performance of roles and responsibilities of the parties involved as stipulated in the MOA shall serve as the basis for a successful and sustainable adoption of the Carrying Capacity technology in Oslob.

The MOA signing aims to institutionalize stakeholders’ partnership that is geared towards ensuring the sustainability of the municipality’s tourism destinations. Dr. Adornado in his message during the MOA signing challenged the stakeholders to make Oslob, Cebu a model tourist destination in the country. Maechelle June G. Blanca, CRERDEC