A two-day capability building on the determination of carrying capacity for the stakeholders of Malapascua and Carnaza Islands was conducted on November 11-12, 2021.
After a couple of times of rescheduling, the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center was able to promote awareness and deeper understanding of the concept of carrying capacity to the target participants. Spearheaded by the Technology Transfer, Promotion and Extension Unit (TTPEU), participants were educated on the guidelines, actual data gathering and computation of carrying capacity.
The training focused on tourism carrying capacity but laid down the concepts and methods of determining physical, population, and biological carrying capacities.
Malapascua Punong Barangay, Lemuel Daño, welcomed the team and the participants while CRERDEC Center Head Dr. Alicia L. Lustica graced the activity with an inspirational message.
She challenged the participants to treasure and protect their beautiful islands while enjoining them to be attentive and give utmost importance to the lectures provided by the resource persons.
For his part, Daanbantayan MENR Officer, Mamerto Rodrigo who also joined the training hoped that, with carrying capacity, the municipality of Daanbantayan could finally come up with a viable comprehensive plan that could bankroll the sustainable development of Malapascua and Carnaza Islands.
Brgy. Carnaza was represented by Remar Joseph Estimada who expressed his gratitude to the DENR and the CRERDEC team for imparting knowledge on carrying capacity.
Though not yet as popular with Malapascua, Carnaza Island also has great potentials for tourism development.
The planned implementation of carrying capacity principles in the island is a welcome idea since it could ensure that the island will not succumb to environmental degradation which is common in other island destinations such as Malapascua.
Twenty-four (24) participants composed of 13 males and 11 females attended the training held at Aabana Beach Resort in Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu. Participants came from the LGU of Daanbantayan (MENR Office, Municipal Tourism Office, Municipal Planning and Development Office), BLGU Logon and Carnaza, People and the Sea (a local NGO operating in the island), local Divers’ Association, Business Association, and other peoples’ organization (PO).
Representatives from the DA-BFAR 7 and DOT 7 also joined the training as well as representatives from DENR-7 and its field offices — PENRO Cebu and CENRO Cebu City.
The training was capped with a call to action by the participants as they shouted in unison “Let’s protect Malapascua and Carnaza Islands! Let’s do CarCap!”. MJJE Bautista & JCC Garde, CRERDEC