City organizes people’s organization for eco-tourism program

After a series of community workshops at Buri Island facilitated with the assistance of DTI-Samar, the team organized by City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan further assisted Barangays Estaka and Cabugawan in creating a people’s organization that will be the lead group that will implement the city’s new eco-tourism project in the said island.

Now to be called BIPA or Buri Island People’s Association, the new group is composed of individuals representing the sectors of fisherfolks, women, senior citizens, people with disability, and transport group who will be the target beneficiaries as well as the implementer of the two (2) projects in the said barangays.

To be assisted and monitored by the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO) and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO), these pet projects of Mayor Step is primarily aimed at creating alternative livelihoods for the constituents of Buri Island while instilling environmental consciousness and pride of home.

The new association to be registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has also elected among themselves their officers who will be the key individuals for the two projects along with the other members committed to help Buri Island not just prosper but also to protect and preserve their natural treasures.

(Photos and Article by Ador Hurtado)

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