DENR identifies 70 Hectares Of Undisturbed Coral Reefs In Guimaras.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas identifies 70 hectares of undisturbed coral reefs in Guimaras.
Top officials of DENR Western Visayas revealed that they discovered new undisturbed paradise in Guimaras island.
In a recent news report of Manila Bulletin, the Regional Director Jim Sampulna revealed that they will be creating a team to protect the coral reefs of Guimaras.
During the presentation of accomplishments of their office, Sampulma said that they identify 70 hectares undisturbed coral reefs in the island.
“We will endeavor to protect them,” he said.
Regional Director Jim Sampulna said that the coral reefs are within the established protected areas in the province.
Furthermore, Dr. Vilma Limates of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) said that they discovered the undisturbed coral reefs in Nueva Valencia.
Being Specific, Limates said that the coral reefs are within the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve, particularly at Barangay Lapaz in Nueva Valencia.
Limates explained that the Coral reefs could boost to the tourism industry.
She also shared that the 1,143-hectare marine reserve is divided into two zones — the strict protection zone that is open only for research activities and the multiple-use zone that cater to traditional fishing and eco-tourism activities.
Coral reef serves as a home to sea creatures, and at the same time, it also promotes eco-tourism.
Guimaras is an island province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Among the smallest and youngest provinces, its capital is Jordan. The island is located in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros.
Guimaras Island is considered as one of the exotic islands in the Philippines. The isl;and is also the home of the famous and the best export-quality mangoes in the country.