Isang bayan sa Albay, planong gawing tourist destination dahil sa madalas na dolphin sightings

admin   •   November 12, 2014   •   3752

FILE PHOTO: Albay Provincial Capitol (ALLAN MANANSALA / Photoville International)

ALBAY, Philippines – Ikinatuwa ng mga residente ng Sto. Domingo, Albay ang plano ng lokal na pamahalaan na gawing tourist attraction ang mga nakikitang dolphins sa karagatang sakop ng Albay Gulf.

“Maganda sa amin kasi may papasok na mga turista, maliban dito mauupahan ang bangka namin,” saad ni Doy Bansuela, residente sa lugar.

Ayon naman kay Jose Bansuela, “Mas maganda nga kung maging tourist destination. Sapagkat mawawa. Ang sa amin, yung, yung malalaking mangingisda mapaalis lamang dito sa lugar namin.”

Sakaling matuloy ang planong ito ng lokal na pamahalaan, tinatayang mahigit isang libong residente dito ang posibleng magkaroon ng trabaho.

Ngunit ayon kay Hilda Lopez, Provincial Coordinator for Fisheries of Coastal Resource Management ng probinsya, kinakailangan munang magsagawa ng public consultation sa mga mamamayan ng Brgy. Pandayan at mga lokal na opisyal upang mapagusapan ang mga problemang maaaring malikha nito.

“Ang dolphin dapat hindi sila nakakakain ng mga plastic, baka gawin yun ng mga tao dito. So, dapat talaga bawat isa magkaroon na sila ng kanya-kanyang disiplina, kasi wag lang iasa sa gobyerno.”

Ayon sa mga residente, Abril noong nakaraang taon nang unang makakita ng ilang bottlenose dolphin dito sa lugar.

Habang tumatagal ay dumadami ang mga ito at ngayon nga ay tinatayang aabot na isangdaang dolphin ang nakikita dito.

Ayon kay Erwin Gregorio, pangulo ng Bantay Dagat sa Barangay Pandayan, ang madalas na dolphins sighting ay nangangahulugan umano na hindi polluted ang kanilang karagatan.

“I-boom na sa turista, open na itong ano para pangkabuhayan na to para sa lahat. So we need the help of Navy, BFAR, and the maritime police para pangalagaan na yan. Andyan na po yan, kaya nga nagiisip ang gobyerno ng livelihood program.”

Sa ngayon ay pinag-aaralan na ng lokal na pamahalaan ang mga hakbang na dapat gawin upang maging tourist destination ang bayan ng Sto. Domingo.

Nangako naman ang mga residente na magtulong-tulong upang mapangalagaan ang kanilang karagatan. (Allan Manansala / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Albay suspends classes due to ‘Ramon’

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2019

The provincial government of Albay has ordered the suspension of classes effective Wednesday afternoon due to the expected heavy rainfall brought about by Tropical Storm ‘Ramon.’

In an advisory, the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said classes in all levels in public and private schools are suspended starting 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.

It also urged residents to refrain from crossing swollen rivers and artificial pools of water, as well as fishermen to avoid navigating rough seas.

The agency also advised local disaster units to be on alert and monitor areas that are vulnerable to flashflood and landslides.

As of PAGASA’s 11 a.m. update, tropical cyclone signal number 1 has been raised over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar Provinces.

The state weather bureau said these areas may experience heavy rains.

On Thursday, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will prevail over the eastern portion of Cagayan, Isabela and Northern Aurora, while light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will be felt over Bicol Region, Apayao, Quezon, Northern Samar and the rest of Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora.

‘Ramon’ was last spotted at 385 kilometers east of Northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It is moving west northwest at 20 kph.

BFAR: Red tide alert raised in Puerto Princesa, other areas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 17, 2019

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has raised a “red tide” warning in several parts of the country due to reported paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Based on the laboratory results of BFAR, shellfishes collected from the following areas are positive of paralytic shellfish poison:

  1. Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  2. Coastal Waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City, Bohol
  3. Irong-Irong, San Pedro and Silanga Bays in Western Samar
  4. Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City, Leyte

According to BFAR all types of shellfish gathered in the said areas are not safe to eat.

However, other seafoods like fish, squid, shrimp, and crab are safe for consumption provided they are fresh and were thoroughly cleaned before cooking.—AAC

Public warned after fish kill hits Las Piñas, Parañaque

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Tubs of dead fish were collected along the coastal vicinity of Las Piñas and Parañaque, specifically in the ecotourism area of Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

Upon reports of the fish kill on Thursday morning (October 10), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) immediately dispatched a team of fisheries protection and law enforcement group along with technical personnel to collect water samples and investigate the cause of the fish kill.

Following the incident, the DA-BFAR in a statement advised the public not to consume dead fishes collected from the affected area pending the results of the investigation.

The agency is now working closely with the local government unit regarding the proper disposal of the dead fish. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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