DENR: Re­spect pro­tected ar­eas

Manila Bulletin - - Visayas News -

CEBU CITY – The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) in Cen­tral Visayas is call­ing on the pub­lic to re­spect the coun­try’s pro­tected ar­eas (PAs) which are be­ing pro­moted as ma­jor tourism des­ti­na­tions.

DENR re­gional De­vel­op­ment and Man­age­ment Of­fi­cer Regi­naldo Bueno said Cen­tral Visayas has 24 pro­tected ar­eas, 16 of which are in Bo­hol, six in Cebu and two in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal.

Many pro­tected ar­eas are also eyed for de­vel­op­ment as eco-tourism sites.

In Cebu six ar­eas have al­ready been clas­si­fied as tourist des­ti­na­tions: The Cen­tral Cebu Pro­tected Land­scapes, Tanon Strait Pro­tected Seas­capes, Olango Is­land Wildlife, Camotes Group of Is­lands, Ban­tayan Wilder­ness Area and Guadalupe Mabug­naw, Mainit, Nat­u­ral Park.

“We con­tinue to mon­i­tor the strict com­pli­ance of en­vi­ron­men­tal laws, but most peo­ple are still dis­re­spect­ful of the en­vi­ron­ment. Many are still throw­ing plas­tics and wastes in these ar­eas,” Bueno said.

Cebu PENRO and DENR re­gional chief of staff Nestor Canda re­minded tourists that man­ag­ing and pro­tect­ing these ar­eas is ev­ery Filipino’s con­cern and re­spon­si­bil­ity. (Minerva BC Newman)

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