August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Danao asks DENR help to use ANR for eco-tourism


TAGBILARAN CITY, April 28, (PIA) –In possibly among her last officials acts, something her town would remember her, outgoing Danao Mayor Natividad Gonzaga has asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to realize her dream of opening up a model community-based reforestation project to tourists.

By doing that, Gonzaga, who bows out of office to give in to her son in this year’s election, the community who has struggled to implement the town’s greening ace on the sleeve, could finally cash in on tourism from the government protected area which they have now developed into a full blown forest of 75 hectares. 

Speaking at the out of town Kapihan sa PIA which was held in Danao Adventure Park (DAP) in barangay Magtangtang, Mayor Gonzaga hinted that since the community of San Miguel in Danao picked up the challenge to put up the 50 hectare forest by natural growth, they have not since collected a decent income. 
The challenge was even weird, by the standards of farmers and reforestation contract workers: cover 50 hectares of cogonal lands with endemic tree species without introducing new seedlings. 

On a cogon covered hills of San Miguel, project leaders for the Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) told us to measure the place, seek out surviving seedlings which have remained stunted under the grasses and clean its surroundings so it would not have others to compete with the soil nutrients, 59 year old Alberto Padilla shared during the Kapihan. 

Padilla, along with 43 other members of their San Miguel Association Resource Team (SMART) initially established what would later be a town citation among ANR towns in the country.

With the area situated in a portion of the town identified as timberland, many farmers knew they could never cash in on the trees they could grow.

But seeing that the area can also sustain small practices of growing rootcrops and other small plantations, farmers also put in cassava, bamboo, pandan and other cash and easy on the table crops. 

But the income can only do as much, despite the P130 per day duty for farmers coming out on rotation scheme.

Danao, whose sudden explosive rise in the eco-tourism market is largely credited by the DAP eco-tourism activities, now wants to include the model ANR to its tour package. 

Already a model for low cost, simplest cheapest reforestation system, the Danao ANR has been attracting environmental advocates, but pays nothing for the experience. 

Here, Mayor Gonzaga plans to open up trails at the ANR, a restaurant, collect entrance and environmental fee while members can make souvenirs from the materials within the area.

She accordingly asked her town’s guests if they would be willing to pay at the ANR and was told they will. 

I hope the DENR will help me with this plan, Gonzaga, who is now reaping what his son started then. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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