DENR: Respect protected areas
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)