Business entities for the most part had long been derided as “ecological and environmental destructionists” and so something to be frowned upon by those who are lucky enough to have that “environmental sensitivity” in their genes, whether that be the USA or UN agencies, or radical chicken littles crying the sky is falling…
Belonging to the business community in general, and being in the Philippine Island of Mindoro and living among the hard-scrabble fishing-farming community of Concepcion in particular, this is ‘nonsense.’
We in the Tourism business care about the environment more than your average city slicker. Although we don’t band it around, we police, we patrol, we let the authorities know, we report, we write letters, and we educate, among others. We even organise and go out there and pick up thrash ourselves.
The Rehabilitation Project of the Tourism Council of Concepcion, and for the greater town of Calintaan, in Occidental Mindoro is working very hard to protect our wonderfully varied and beautiful resources here.
True in the past, that we got to the point of destruction of these two ecologically frail spots on our Concepcion Bay through careless, mismanaged fishing, illegally at times. Now that we are on the scene, “we” meaning business interests that have “tourism” aspects in our business plans, we need help in care-taking these two spots and many more spots around the Mindoro Strait- South Philippine Sea area.
We have the drive, the will but we do need the expertise, which as of right now we do not have Marine Biologists in our ranks.
The pictures shown above are of Bato Tabaw- meaning “rock on shallow water”, and LULI Island, a pile of dead corals gathered up by the congregation of waves and water currents in this area. When high tide this coral conglomerate does sink below, but come up to show on very low tides hence the LULI name. It mean “lulubog-lilitaw” which still further means “now you see it, now you don’t”.
We’ve snorkelled and dove the perimeters of these two sites, and the Barangay Council together with the local Tourism Council have done the first baby steps in protecting these. The bouys and markers put around the area are to tell the local fisher folks that fishing in these grounds are not allowed. Baby steps, but we have aspirations of making this a totally stocked, filled fish sanctuary.
Some of the local Resorts businesses, which I am one, wants to hire some marine biologists to make a feasibility study of the rehabilitative prospects here. Maybe instead of hiring, we can provide accommodations, you do the study?
C’mon it would be a blast. Doing good and positive is always a blast!