▷ Sustainable tourism in the Philippines offers opportunities for the local population

25.10.2021 – 04:06

Philippines Department of Tourism

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Feb. 7 / PRNewswire /

The Filipino Ministry of Tourism is increasing its sustainability efforts by expanding existing travel destinations and developing new tours that focus on sustainable management and involve the local population.

The multiplier effect of tourism not only creates jobs, but also secures livelihoods through the supply of goods and services. Sustainability ensures that travel destinations can exist in the long term, that local culture and traditions flourish and that integrative growth is secured. Since sustainability policies often involve the community, the locals themselves become part of the experience that visitors take away from their hometown.

Below are the best sustainable tourism destinations for your next Philippines adventure and some places to visit on a memorable trip.

Environmental friendliness is very important at the feet of Mount Hamiguitan and Mount Apo in Davao

The Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental is Mindanao’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site with attractions such as a pygmy forest where the trees are only about 1.5 meters high. To date, 1,974 endemic plant and animal species have been identified, including carnivorous pitcher plants, the legendary Filipino eagle, Filipino cockatoo and golden-crowned fruit bats. The local population is not only involved in tourism, but also in sustainability programs. One of them is beekeeping with a native stingless bee called “Kiyot”. This also helps pollinate and protect Mount Hamiguitan’s vegetation.

Mount Apo Natural Park is home to 272 species of birds, 111 of which are endemic, including the Philippine eagle, the largest in the world. Several indigenous groups live in the region of the mountain: the Manobos, Bagobos and Klata, for whom the mountain is sacred. They perfectly demonstrate the coexistence in harmony with its environment. Trekking porters are hired by the local tourist offices and pass on their knowledge of the mountain and its conservation.

The artisans of Ilocos, Panay Island, Eastern Visayas and Central Mindanao

The women of Ilocos, especially in the cities of Paoay, Vigan, Pinili, to the cities of Santiago in Ilocos Sur and Bangar in La Union, have been weaving in their homes since pre-Hispanic times. Their hand-woven Inabel fabrics made from cotton blends are made into blankets, tablecloths and even clothing such as bags, shoes and COVID face masks. They feature traditional patterns that have been passed down through generations.

Panay Island also has a proud tradition of weaving and this can be found in several locations across the island. In Aklan, the fibers of the red bisaya pineapple plant are skillfully woven into fine fabrics that are used as home decoration and even as clothing for special occasions. The weavers in Aklanon are known for their pineapple fiber and silk fabrics that are embroidered with floral patterns, while the weavers in Iloilo and Antique are known for their “Suk-suk” weaving technique for Hablon and Patadyong fabrics.

The weavers in the Eastern Visayas use materials extracted from plants that grow abundantly in their area to make mats that can be used for sleeping or made into decorative items such as place mats and plant holders, or even bags and fans. These materials include abaca, the buri palm, coconut leaves and ribs, rattan and tikog or reed grass, pandan, pawa, a type of thin bamboo, and seaweed.

The surfer hotspots of La Union, Baler, Siargao, Surigao del Sur and Eastern Samar

The Philippines’ surfer hotspots have spawned not only a thriving tourism industry, but also world-class local surfers. The islanders have discovered the sport for themselves, and more and more locals can be seen on their boards in the waters of La Union, Baler, Siargao, Surigao del Sur and Eastern Samar. Not only do these friendly Filipino surfers epitomize the laid-back lifestyle of the locals, but they are staunch advocates of protecting their seas.

The culinary arts in Iloilo City, Bacolod, Zamboanga City and Davao City

The different regions of the Philippines offer you a culinary journey: Each province makes an important contribution to the menu of the country with local specialties that process what the abundant local nature offers them. An awareness of the cultural significance of these dishes and the resulting culinary tourism ensure that not only the recipes are passed on to the next generation, but that the local farmers continue to grow traditional plants.

The city of Iloilo is considered one of the culinary capitals of the Philippines, with tasty delicacies such as La Paz Batchoy noodles and Molo soup. Negros Occidental is known as the sugar bowl of the Philippines because of its fields of sweet sugar cane. Inasal (chicken grilled over hot coals), piaya (unleavened flatbread filled with muscovado sugar), and kansi, or beef shank with bone marrow, cooked in a broth, are favorite dishes of guests, especially those visiting the capital, Bacolod flavored with a local acidulant called batwan.

Seafood is plentiful in Zamboanga, and their must-try dishes include ingredients like a crustacean called curacha, imbao, or mangrove clams called kulo, and lato – an alga that resembles small green grapes and is nicknamed “green caviar”. Davao is known for its fruits, including pineapples, bananas, sweet grapefruits, and the infamous durian. Try the fresh seafood specialties such as kinilaw, the local version of ceviche, and sinugba, or freshly grilled seafood, for a memorable meal.

The farming villages of Negros Occidental

For a taste of life on a Filipino farm, visit the 14 farms certified by the Department of Tourism in the Western Visayas. These farms illustrate the potential of sustainable agriculture to offer local income opportunities, because the towns benefit from both the products and the eco tours. Visitors can relax and enjoy the beautiful nature, while learning about agricultural practices that are adapted to the region’s climate and soil conditions.

Sustainability and security

The Philippine Ministry of Tourism not only promotes the country’s travel destinations and develops new tours for leisure travelers, it also takes a leadership role in sustainability efforts in the various regions.

“We believe in progress through inclusive growth, and that means that we support those involved in the various places. They are our partners in matters of sustainability, in the care of our natural treasures, in the preservation of our cultural heritage and in the search for new ways, to make our travel destinations more interesting for our travelers, “says Minister of Tourism Berna Romulo-Puyat.

The Ministry of Transport also ensures the safety of travelers by standardizing health and safety protocols across all channels. The Department of Tourism received the SafeTravels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for its “generally standardized health and hygiene protocols” ensuring safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is conducting thorough inspections and assessments to ensure that only accredited establishments open and receive guests.

The Philippines, through its Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, is constantly updating its protocols for the protection of Filipinos and foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines. To find out more about the new and exciting Philippines adventures, security and travel updates, visit http://morefunawaits.com/ and https://morefunphilippines.de/ (for Germany) and https://www.facebook.com/Philippinestourisme/ (for France) or download the Travel Philippines app from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

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Press contact:

Janmar Ibanez
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