BAGAC, Bataan – Local tourism authorities here are observing the possibility of exploring the rich natural resources and historical value of Bataan National Park into an agro-forest tourism site in the province.
Nick S. Ancheta, Bagac municipal administrator, said more government agencies are evaluating the opportunity of taking seriously ecotourism as a means to promote sustainable forestry management and support livelihood program for upland farmers.
The town nestled in the forest land of the province with estimated 65,430 hectares which is classified as timberland forest reservation, watershed, national shrine, national parks, military and naval reservations.
According to Ancheta, Mayor Louise Gabrielle del Rosario is focusing on a green path toward sustainable forestry as it includes in the strategic long range economic development the improvement of roads leading toward still unexplored scenic waterfalls, picnic grounds and nature parks others.
He explained that ecotourism as a forte within the larger tourism industry, is one of the fastest growing segments of tourism worldwide , the perspective for long term sustainable growth has the potential to stimulate also forestry funds to participate on the forest ecotourism market .
Likewise, through forest ecotourism program in Bagac, private companies and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to make profit out of socially responsible investments in one of the leading vacat6ion spots in Central Luzon.
Analytical observation among tourism industry key players, Ancheta added that the benefits of ecotourism seem to outweigh the risks specially with regards to forest tourism which has turned out into a successful way of promoting forest conservation .