Issue of August 11, 2019
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DENR conducts workshop on Sagada site’s carrying capacity
by Francis B. Degay

SAGADA, Mountain Province – Two research experts of the Department of Environment of Natural Resources conducted a workshop on the carrying capacities of some tourist sites for tourism stakeholders in this famed tourist town.

Linda Claire Pawid of the DENR-CAR discussed eco-tourism experiences within protected areas as a model for Sagada tourism.

Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau-Coastal Resources and Eco-tourism Research, Development and Extension Center head Alicia Lustica and senior specialist Chona Tura discussed the importance of carrying capacities in eco-tourism sites, how to assess the same; and carrying capacity concepts, definitions, parameters and computations. 

Lustica and Tura were among those who helped in preparing and monitoring the rehabilitation plan of the Boracay Island that was closed due to environment issues.

The agency also visited and assessed the conditions of the Marlboro mountain, famous among tourists for sunrise viewing; the hanging coffins, the Lumiang burial cave, and the Sumaguing cave.

Lumiang cave is the entrance of the cave connection to Sumaguing cave. According to Mining engineer Wrexton Afidchao of DENR-CAR, Lumiang is the second longest cave in the Cordillera with a length of 800 meters.

Lustica recommended that there must be one entrance and exit in every tourist site to prevent traffic jam especially during peak season.

She also suggested the construction of comfort rooms with ample supply of water and shaded rest areas, planting of trees, shrubs and grasses in open areas to maintain the biodiversity, installation of more signages with brief stories of areas being visited and persons and offices and mobile phone numbers to contact in cases of emergencies; labeling of trees and shrubs for the information of visitors especially if these could be used as medicines; and conduct of orientation to tourists on the existing ordinances particularly in waste management and respect to culture.

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