CATARMAN, Northern Samar, July 28 (PIA) – One of the beautiful spots in the Province of Northern Samar, the Lalaguna Mangrove Eco Park located at Brgy. San Isidro, Lavezares, Northern Samar is now open for tourists.
This was learned from Provincial Tourism Officer Ms. Josette Doctor during the opening and blessing of the eco park on July 18, 2019.
She said the eco farm will increase tourist arrivals and community development through the creation of enterprise activities for a group of women in the barangay that will improve the quality of living through tourism.
“One of the identified projects in the Samar Island Tourism Master Plan is the development of Lalaguna Magrove Forest and Marine Protected Area into an eco-park, soon to be a premier destination for eco-tourism activities in the area while providing optimal economic benefits to the communities,“ the tourism officer said.
Doctor explained that the establishment of the boardwalk and the orientation center were initiated by the provincial government during the incumbency of Governor Jose Ong, Jr. through community based eco-tourism livelihood project of the Provincial Tourism Office.
She added that Senator Nancy Binay, being the chairwoman of the committee on tourism, was instrumental in the release of the P10 million funding for the construction and completion of the board walk and the purchase of more kayaks.
Gov. Ong will fund the establishment of a mountain trail and view deck at the adjacent Kaluy-ahan Mountain for trekking.
The Provincial Government intends to provide more Onayan boats to be used for mangrove boat tours, snorkeling gears for snorkeling activity, a reception area at the foothills of the mountain with kitchen and toilet facilities.
The eco-park boasts of vast mangrove forest, rich in marine ecosystem, lush mountains, migratory birds, monkeys and fruit bats.
The area is situated halfway to and from the famous Rock Formation in Biri that will lure tourists to come again and again. (NBQ/TBC/PIA 8 Northern Samar)
Source: PIA Feed