MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, Oct. 5 (PIA) – Tourist-frequented Mantigue and White Islands, here, get the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) above standard rating for water quality.
This came out after the agency’s Water Quality Monitoring (WQM) team conducted their latest test during the extension
period of the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CCRMP) Phase I.
The team had a monthly physical and chemical analysis on the areas from October to December, last year, as a heed to the request of the CCRMP Project Technical Working Group (PTWG) and the local government units.
The analysis results will serve as their valuable parameter necessary in planning and management.
The EMB presented its findings to the Project Steering Committee (PSC), last February 22 and found out that it goes above the standards for Class SB water set by the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 34, Series of 1990.
Class SB coastal and marine waters means water is suitable for tourist zones or marine reserves.
It further certifies the area as a “Recreational Water Class I” and “Fishery Class I for milkfish.
Amida Diwata M. Jasma, CCRMP Phase I Project Officer, said this will help maintain and ensure the ecotourism attraction of White Island in the town of Mambajao and Mantigue Island in the municipality of Mahinog.
Other LGU’s in the province are also lobbying for its inclusion in the priority areas of the EMB. (PIA 10)