Exploring the rich natural resources of a coastal town, a key to tourism growth
BAGAC, Bataan- The local tourism council here should embark on exploring the rich natural resources and appraise firmly the historical significance of Bataan National Park in initiating more aggressive sustainable agro-forest sites to enhance tourism growth.
Lito L. Mallari, who owns about 20 hectares of land in Banawang, this town, described the strategic location of the historic town, nestled in the forest land of the province with estimated 65,430 hectares classified as timberland forest reservation, and site of a watershed, national shrine, national parks, military and naval reservations.
He articulated the formation of an effective and efficient multi- agency task force composed of public and private sectors to make an all-out systematic assessment focused on ecotourism as a means to promote balance forestry management and livelihood farm projects to upland farmers and visitors.
Mallari learned that Mayor Gab del Rosario had conferred with Bataan Peninsula Tourism Council chairperson Mrs. Vicky S. Garcia on the proposed development in the coastal areas suitable for retirement and home for the aged villages, high-end subdivisions, hotels and European-style resorts .
The ecological corridor program reportedly includes the improvement of mountain trails and accessory roads leading to underdeveloped scenic waterfalls, rivers, picnic grounds, nature parks and centuries-old trees.
Mallari added that the benefits of ecotourism seem to outweigh the risks specially with regards to forest and agricultural tourism which has turned into a successful way of promoting forest conservation and revenue generations in the upland communities.