Newsmen tour Sta. Cruz isles PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 January 2013 14:22

Tourism Regional Director Mary June Bugante led yesterday local newsmen to a familiarization tour of Sta. Cruz Islands.

The tour was sponsored by DOT-9 in support to the city government’s initiative to develop Sta. Cruz Islands as a tourist destination. It is also intended to generate media hype for the promotion of the island.

Bugante personally led the media men in going to the islands’ Samal  community, lagoon, trekking the mangroves and visiting the Samal Badjao’s burial ground.

In an interview, Bugante said Sta. Cruz island is now a protected zone and was turned over to the city government by the Philippine Tourism Authority.

Bugante revealed that the city government will put up a water system  in the island through a sky water condensation technology .

She revealed that the Zamboanga City Water District has discovered that there is now water source  in the island.     Also, comfort rooms and huts under Phase I project of the city will be put up in the island. It will remain in its status because it is now a protected zone.

“The planting of mangroves propagules will continue because there is also the presence of migratory birds taking shelters in the island,” Bugante said.

The two islands have tourist police. They are assisted by the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard for the preservation and protection of the environment of the island and also they are part of the Board of the Council for the Protection of the Islands.

On the other hand, the winners of the fun games during the familiarization tour of the islands are; Pingpong ball relay — Television team; Second was Radio and Third Print Media. On Penguin Run, first — Television; Second — Print Media and third — Radio.- Allen Abastillas