The participants of the presentation of the results of the carrying capacity of Puerto Galera held on Sept. 8, 2022 at the Provincial Capitol of Puerto Galera

The Urban and Biodiversity Research Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) presented the results of its carrying capacity study to the Local Government of Puerto Galera on September 8, 2022.

The activity was conducted at the Sangguniang Barangay Conference Hall of the Provincial Capitol of Puerto Galera. Present during the activity were representatives from the office of Puerto Galera Mayor Rocky Ilagan, PENRO, CENRO, and the Locsin Foundation.

­­Ms. Heza Leigh Padua, Project Leader presented the results of the study which commenced in 2020.

Ms. Padua presented recommendations on how to further improve tourist management in the area.

Some of the recommendations identified include the development and promotion of other less popular tourism sites, systematizing traffic schemes for each tourism site, and strict implementation and strengthening of the Municipal Tourism Code and the RA 9593 or Tourism Act of 2009, among many others.

After the presentation, the participants were provided an avenue to discuss the results and the recommendations of the study.

The LGU, along with the Locsin Foundation represented by Col. Noel Detoyato, showcased a strong commitment to work together to protect the beauty of Puerto Galera, not only for the present generation but also for the welfare of future generations.

Meanwhile, the LGU of Puerto Galera represented by Municipal Administrator Ms. Carmela Datinguinoo and the MENRO Chief Ms. Joan Margarette Yap along with the other representatives expressed their gratitude to ERDB and UBRDEC for providing the scientific basis for a stronger implementation of the tourism management plan in Puerto Galera.

In closing, For. Gregorio E. Santos, Jr. thanked all of the offices that helped during the implementation of the project.

For. Santos also committed that UBRDEC will provide technical assistance to the PLGU of Puerto Galera to sustain the gains of the completed study.

Thru the activity, UBRDEC joins the celebration of World Tourism Day and heeds the call for rethinking ecotourism. Adreana Santos-Remo, UBRDEC