CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Municipality of Oslob is considering reclassifying the Barangay Tanawan area, known for its whale shark watching activity, as an âurbanâ area from its current âruralâ classification.
Oslob Mayor Jose Tumulak Jr., in an interview on Capitol Hill Tuesday, January 28, 2020, said the move was to shorten the easement area for structures from 20 meters from the shore to just three meters.
Tumulak said that with the current 20-meter easement, even the briefing area owned by the local government unit (LGU) for whale shark viewing and comfort rooms would be considered illegal structures that encroach on the easement designated by the Ministry of the Environment and Nature. Resources (DENR) for areas falling under rural categories such as Barangay Tanawan.
Tumulak said the review is part of the overall land use plan they are in the process of completing.
On Tuesday morning, Tumulak met Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Central Visayas Tourism Department (DOT-7) Regional Director Shalimar Tamano regarding ways to develop Oslob tourism.
Tumulak said part of their discussion would be to assess the situation with structures that now encroach on the current easement.
âIngon si gov nga paadtoan niya og mga tawo didto aron ma-reassess. Apil ang ug mga briefing area covered nga resorts along the ma-apektahan gyud coast, âTumulak said.
The mayor said they will coordinate with the Provincial Bureau of Environment and Natural Resources (Penro) for the eye visit in Tanawan.
Meanwhile, Tumulak said they will look for other ways to continue to implement sustainable tourism, even if they abandon the previous plan to limit the number of tourists who will be accommodated in the observation area. whale sharks.
At the time of the former vice-governor AgnÃ¨s Magpale, who chaired the Provincial Tourism Committee, the province planned to limit the number of tourists to a maximum of 800 people per day to observe the reception capacity of the region.
The number of people to be accommodated was based on the results of the automobile dome study previously carried out by the Provincial Tourist Office.
According to the definition of the United World Tourism Organization (UWTO), carrying capacity refers to: “the maximum number of people who can visit a tourist destination at the same time, without causing destruction of the physical, economic environment. , socio-cultural and an unacceptable decrease in the quality of visitor satisfaction.
“Supak si governor ana.” A man iyaha gud, kita diri in Cebu nag-[promote] it has been modified by the tourist unya pag-abot didto diy nga limitahan. The United States is among whale sharks and their attractions, âTumulak said.
“We will just look for ways to accommodate tourists well even if we will not impose a limit,” he added.
At present, up to 2,000 tourists visit the whale watching attraction in Tanawan per day. / rcg
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