TPB tours Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro with a pur­pose

The Philippine Star - - YOUNG STAR -

THE TOURISM PRO­MO­TIONS BOARD (TPB) VIS­ITED Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro as part of its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) pro­gram. Now on its sec­ond year, the pro­gram aims to in­spire and en­cour­age em­ploy­ees to take an ac­tive part in pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing the dif­fer­ent won­der­ful des­ti­na­tions in the Philip­pines

TPB em­ploy­ees started their “tour with a pur­pose” with an un­der­wa­ter clean-up of the port of the town of Sablayan and man­grove-plant­ing at Barangay Pobla­cion in the same town.

They also at­tended lec­tures on solid waste man­age­ment and up­cy­cling as well as talks on ta­ma­raws at the Ta­ma­raw Gene Pool Farm at Mt. IglitBaco Na­tional Park. They also met the in­dige­nous peo­ple of Min­doro through im­mer­sion and a feed­ing pro­gram at a Mangyan vil­lage.

Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro is lo­cated on the western part of the is­land of Min­doro. While agri­cul­ture is the main source of liveli­hood, its tourism in­dus­try is fast catch­ing up with Ori­en­tal Min­doro, where the white sands of Puerto Galera have been on the global tourist map for decades.

In fact, Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro has more than its fair share of natural won­ders to sat­isfy nature lovers as well as thrill-seek­ers.

Con­sid­ered a marine won­der­land, Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro boasts of nu­mer­ous islets, white sand beaches, dive sites, as well as the world’s sec­ond largest reef – Apo Reef. It is also home to the Mangyans who are the orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants of Min­doro, and the criti- cally- en­dan­gered ta­ma­raw which is en­demic to the is­land. Its lat­est at­trac­tion, the Sablayan zi­pline, is the world’s long­est is­land- to-is­land zi­pline.

“The coun­try’s big­gest as- set and best am­bas­sadors are its peo­ple. With the CSR pro­gram, we are en­cour­ag­ing our em­ploy­ees to ex­plore and dis­cover for them­selves the won­ders and beauty of the Philip­pines,” said TPB head Domingo Ra­mon Ene­rio III. “And as em­ploy­ees and stake­hold­ers, we need to take an ac­tive part in pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing our nu­mer­ous tourist des­ti­na­tions,” he added. Aside from Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro, TPB held sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in Bo­ra­cay, Bo­hol and Camiguin last year. By set­ting an ex­am­ple, TPB hopes to en­cour­age each and ev­ery Filipino to help pre- serve the coun­try’s cul­tural her­itage and natural as­sets in what­ever way they can, how­ever small, which makes giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity more fun in the Philip­pines.

Pan­dan Is­land, with its fine white sand and rich coral gar­den, is just one of the many at­trac­tions in Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro.

Un­der­wa­ter cleanup at Sablayan port. Man­grove iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and plant­ing ac­tiv­ity.

TPB em­ploy­ees tour Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro to help them take an ac­tive part in pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ingthe dif­fer­ent tourist des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

Ta­ma­raw Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gram’s Danilo Roca and Herold Cas­tro with “Kal­iba­sib” the only re­main­ing ta­ma­raw in cap­tiv­ity.

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