City tourism eyes 11 Islands as world class eco-cultural tourism destination PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 April 2018 17:13

The City Tourism Office sees the 11 Islands or Onse Islas as a world class eco-cultural tourism destination especially now that the ordinance for the islands was officially passed.

“We envision this (referring to the 11 islands) as a world class eco-cultural tourist destination,” City Tourism Officer Sarita Sebastian Hernandez said in an interview.

She said that with the support of the local government, barangay, and the community she sees no reason why they will not succeed in developing the islands.

City Ordinance No. 2018-06  or the 11 Islands Ordinance was authored by District II Councilor Benjamin B. Guingona IV.

The ordinance envisions to operationalize the 11 islands for eco-cultural tourism, allowing the imposition of certain fees charges imposing penalties for violation thereof, appropriating funds for its operation, and for other related purposes was passed on third reading during the City Council regular session last Tuesday.

Of the 11 islands, only four islands will be opened for tourist and these are the Bisaya- Bisaya, Baong- Baong, Buhbuh, and Siromon. Some islands will not be opened due to cultural reasons, however, the visitors can still do the island tour to see the whole 11 islands.

Pier will be constructed to include comfort room, watch towers, picnic huts, and other environmental friendly infrastructures.

The ordinance also includes rates such as: P100 each for entrance fee and environmental fee. Other things included in the ordinance are the jump off area which is at Barangay Panubigan, transport system, uniform design of vessels, and the carrying capacity of the island which is a maximum of 200.

Activities which can be done in the island are swimming, trekking, diving, snorkeling, kayak, paddle boarding, and island tour. Siromon will be positioned by the city as a diving site.

More than 20 personnel’s from the city tourism will be needed to assist in manning the operation of the island. This will include emergency team, life guards, and the necessary personnel to man the island.

11 islands are composed of Bisaya-bisaya, Kabugan, Siromon, Baong-Baong, Buhbuh, Simadang, Salangan, Lambang-Lambang, Bagias, Lampinigan, and Sibana Islands. (R.G. A A. Go)