Ia­cat 11 con­ducts poster-mak­ing tilt

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - By Abi­gail Joyce C. Cahi­wat MSU-Marawi In­tern

THE In­ter-Agency Coun­cil against Traf­fick­ing (Ia­cat 11) staged an on-the-spot poster-mak­ing con­test in cel­e­bra­tion of the World Day against Traf­fick­ing in Per­son at Abreeza Ayala Mall, Davao City, yes­ter­day, July 30.

Some 60 stu­dents from dif­fer­ent pub­lic schools like the Davao City Na­tional High School (DCNHS) and Sta. Ana Na­tional High School (SANHS), among oth­ers, par­tic­i­pated in this event with the theme “Ka­pakanan ng ka­bataan pan­gala­gaan, hu­man traf­fick­ing ay la­banan.”

In prepa­ra­tion for the said event, Ia­cat Re­gion 11 Deputy Re­gional Prose­cu­tor Bar­bara Flores said in an in­ter­view with Sun. Star Davao that they have been con­duct­ing ori­en­ta­tion in dif­fer­ent schools in the re­gion.

She also said that they aim to reach out to the youth, adding that poster mak­ing is a tan­gi­ble ac­tiv­ity that will show if they have learned what hu­man traf­fick­ing is all about.

“The 12 en­tries that will be cho­sen in this con­test will be pub­li­cized in our next year’s cal­en­dar,” she said.

LAAK, Com­postela Val­ley -- With the suc­cess of its three-day Cav­ing Fes­ti­val held July 27-29 that was par­tic­i­pated by senior high school stu­dents, the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment here will soon open the town’s caves to tourists and spelunkers.

Mu­nic­i­pal Mayor An­to­nio Libuan­gan, in an in­ter­view on Sun­day, said his town is ready to ac­com­mo­date tourists who want to ex­pe­ri­ence the won­ders of their caves, which the town boasts as a tourist at­trac­tion.

He said they plan to open the cav­ing fes­ti­val to the en­tire Davao Re­gion.

“Nin­dot nga ma open ni sa tibuok re­gion aron masak­si­han sa tanan (It is good to open them to the whole re­gion so that ev­ery­one will see our tourism at­trac­tion),” he said.

Libuan­gan said the town has more than a hun­dred caves and that each one of them needs to clas­si­fied for con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment and pro­tec­tion un­der the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR).

To com­ple­ment these tourism ini­tia­tives, the town will also open ac­cess roads go­ing to the cave sites for easy trans­porta­tion, and a ho­tel to be man­aged by the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment

Pro­vin­cial Tourism Of­fice cav­ing co­or­di­na­tor Prescila De­cena said the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment ini­tially tar­geted the grad­u­at­ing senior high school stu­dents be­cause they can help pro­mote the caves once they leave the town to study in the cities.

“Kung asa man sila, makakita sila sa TV nga well-known kaayo ilang cave dili kaayo sila ma ig­no­rante. (Wher­ever they go, if they see their caves fea­tured on TV, they will not be ig­no­rant or sur­prised about them),” she said.

De­cena said the town is po­si­tion­ing it­self as the ‘Cave Cap­i­tal’ of the re­gion, and the cam­paign is sup­ported by the Depart­ment of Tourism and the DENR.

Ce­cile Claros, barangay cap­tain of Sto. Niño, as­sured that en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion will be a top pri­or­ity, cit­ing an or­di­nance passed by the barangay coun­cil for the pro­tec­tion of the caves.

She said part of the or­di­nance is the pro­hi­bi­tion of cut­ting trees within the 500-ra­dius of the cave ar­eas and pro­mot­ing waste seg­re­ga­tion. PNA

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