Ecotourism site provides income to indigenous people in Bataan

Ecotourism site provides income to indigenous people in Bataan

Ecotourism site provides income to indigenous people in Bataan

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BALANGA CITY, Bataan – A ranking official of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) here is determined to initiate an ecotourism spot as a means to upgrade permissible forestry management and progressive inducement to livelihood programs for tribal communities in the province.

Lawyer Evangeline Antonio, legal officer 1V, of Bataan NCIP office, expressed her views on the significant function that ecotourism has on forestry which is expected to improve the quality of life of the present estimated population of 3,620 dispersed in 18 Ayta Magbukon tribal villages in Mount Bataan ranges of the historic peninsula.

The perception for long-term viable economic growth has the potential to stimulate revenues and other livelihood income generating projects when participating on the forest ecotourism market which relatively offers great opportunity to make profit out of socially responsible investments, Ms. Antonio said.

Ms. Antonio stressed that ecotourism involves responsible traveling to natural areas with the sole purpose of educating the intended travelers without environmental and cultural impact that may come as negative effects of traditional tourism.

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