TOURISM OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES THROUGH CORAL REEF RESTORA­TION TECH­NOL­OGY

Agriculture - - For Dive Sites -

CAMIGUIN IS­LAND in Min­danao is typ­i­cally known for its sweet lan­zones. Of­ten over­looked, though, are other things that can make this is­land prov­ince more pop­u­lar as a tourist des­ti­na­tion. Camiguin of­fers dif­fer­ent at­trac­tions like hot and cold springs, wa­ter­falls, the fa­mous sunken ceme­tery, cen­turies-old churches, vol­ca­noes, the yearly “Lan­zones Fes­ti­val,” and dive sites.

A dive site that of­fers bright prospects is lo­cated off Barangay Cabuan in Guin­siliban, Camiguin. See­ing its po­ten­tial to at­tract tourists, the Cabuan Com­mu­nity Vil­lage Coastal Tour As­so­ci­a­tion (CCVCTA) col­lab­o­rated with the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and the Philip­pine Coun­cil for Agri­cul­ture, Aquatic and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­search and De­vel­op­ment (DOST-PCAARRD), Sangka­likasan Pro­duc­ers Co­op­er­a­tive (SPC), and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Camiguin to ad­dress coral degra­da­tion on the is­land through the gov­ern­ment’s roll-out of the Coral Reef Restora­tion (asex­ual) Pro­gram.

The CCVCTA, an or­ga­ni­za­tion reg­is­tered with the Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE), is com­posed of 61 mem­bers. Its main ob­jec­tive is to mon­i­tor and strengthen the pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of coastal and marine re­sources in the barangay.

The as­so­ci­a­tion em­bod­ies the con­nec­tions that the peo­ple of Cabuan have with the sea, their spirit of vol­un­teerism, de­sire to adopt progress that is en­vi­ron­men­tally sound, and reclaim their iden­tity as a peo­ple of the sea; hence, its de­sire to adopt the Coral Reef Restora­tion (asex­ual) Pro­gram. Started in 2014, the Coral Reef Restora­tion Pro­gram rolled out coral trans­plan­ta­tion

The coral nurs­ery units de­ployed with coral frag­ments al­low divers to ex­pe­ri­ence the coral re­pro­duc­tion tech­nol­ogy.

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