P1.8M coastal tourism project gets approval

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MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, April 19 (PIA) — The 24-hectare Bonbon Pasil Marine Protected Area (MPA) will soon get some lift following the release of assistance from the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP).

The CRMP, through its Enterprise Development Committee, has endorsed the approval of the Pasil Eco-Tourism Support Services Enterprise Project with a corresponding cost of P1.8 million.

This project is designed as an enterprise and will be operated under the Municipal Economic Development Office (MEEDO).

The Bonbon Pasil sanctuary houses the island’s famous ‘sunken cemetery’, which assures a steady flow of visiting tourist in the area.

Among the improvements identified to build up its economic activity are the promotion of the sanctuary as one of the best diving site in the province, availability of glass-bottom boat for fun and educational activities, and the marine mammal interaction.

Target beneficiaries of this project are the local fisherfolks- their participation in the operation as providers of various services.

They will be trained as operators of service boats, snorkeling guides, boatmen, information guides, as well as, photography trick assistants.

Souvenir and native culinary products will also be made available in the area’s tourist center.

Meanwhile, after amending the Bonbon Pasil MPA, now renamed as the Municipal Coastal Resource Management Code of 2011, the protection and control inside the sanctuary, according to the MEEDO, have shown some good improvements. (PIA)

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