A Home for Tourists
“Tourism indeed means jobs. Keeping a job means being able also to reach out to others. Tourism pays and it pays to protect and conserve the environment”.
AGAP Bulusan, Inc., a community-based multi-sectoral environmental NGO, started to operate ecotourism services of Bulusan Lake. The BVNP in Bulusan Area is endorsed by the LGU of Bulusan, the Province of Sorsogon and BVNP Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). Partnerships were done with AGAP Bulusan’s Mission to protect and conserve the biodiversity, as well as to develop ecotourism products and services.
The project involved fifty-hectare reforestation of the denuded area of BVNP due to slash-and-burn farming and illegal cutting of trees; establishment of six community-based nurseries in six bounding barangays of BVNP; organization and mobilization of People’s Organizations (PO) in the said barangays and environmental education and as a form of advocacy known to the communities as ‘Dalaw Turo’. In addition, training to thebeneficiaries was conducted for them to serve as Naturalist/ Mountain Guiding and Wildlife Enforcement Officer (WEO).
Life has come on a full circle for me and Noel. From a shabby nipa hut that had a kitchen on bare ground, our family of four now lives in a semi-concrete structure with two rooms and a toilet and bath. Before, we used to throw waste into the fields around the house. Now we take greater care, because now we have found home.
Virginia ‘Virgie’ Deocareza Negrite, Philippines