Ms. Rowena Payuan, For. Cadelino and For. De Castro discussing the population carrying capacity, tourism carrying capacity, and physical carrying capacity, respectively.

The joint technical team from the Urban Ecosystem Research Division and Urban and Biodiversity Research, Development and Extension Center provided technical assistance to the Local Government Unit of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

The team composed of the Ms. Veronica M. Mercado, Ms. Rowena Payuan, For. Jamella de Castro, For. Jan Marrion Cadelino, and For. Adrian Lansigan served as resource persons in the  3-day training on determining the carrying capacity of Sablayan tourism sites on May 24 to 26, 2022.

The resource speakers discussed the following topics: introduction/rationale of carrying capacity, tourism carrying capacity, physical carrying capacity, population carrying capacity, biodiversity and vulnerability assessment in relation to carrying capacity.

A total of 34 participants from various offices and academe attended the training including representatives from the municipal planning and development office, Office of the Mayor, Municipal Tourism Office, Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office (MENRO), Community Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO) Sablayan, and Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC), among others.

Ms. Jenielyn T. Villas, focal person of Sablayan Science and Technology Innovations (STI), expressed her gratitude to the resource persons and participants.

She also mentioned that the training is a timely and much-needed activity of the LGU.

On behalf of the municipal mayor, the administrative officer of Sablayan, Ms. Buenafe F. Quiatchon,  gave the welcome address.

The overview of the activity was given by Ms. Luzviminda C. Alto, the Municipal Planning Development Coordinator. Ms. Alto highlighted that the topic is essential to the conservation and protection of the municipality’s rich biodiversity and tourism sites.

As part of the training, participants visited Sablayan’s two tourism sites: Parola/Presing Park and Panikian Lake.

During the visit, the resource persons shared important points and strategies when conducting interviews and assessing the site for carrying capacity.

The training was well-received by all the participants such that the LGU of Sablayan is looking forward to forge a partnership with ERDB to achieve the town’s overarching goal of sustainable tourism. Veronica M. Mercado, UERD