NAVAL, Biliran, May 5 (PIA) – Insensitive to the uncertainties brought by the Covid-19 pandemic to the tourism industry, the mayor of Maripipi, Joseph Canonoy Caingcoy, has already planned more tourism-related activities that would surely encourage tourists coming to Sambawan Island Beach Resort in Maripipi, Biliran.
Messages from the regional director of DOT-8, Karina S. Tiopes, and the board member of the 2nd district of Biliran, Gina B. Enage, who is at the same time the chair of the tourism committee, mentioned Sambawan as the gem icon and tourist site in Biliran Province, respectively, when it reopens on April 23.
In an interview with Mayor Caingcoy a few days after it reopened, he presented at least four additional main tourist attractions on the island, namely: sport fishing, scuba diving, giant clam farming and as a potential nesting habitat for the sea turtle.
Caingcoy reiterated the message of OIC BFAR 8 Regional Director Norberto Berida upon its reopening, who considered the island as one of the iconic tourist destination islets of the Eastern Visayas, the idea of introducing sport fishing in its rich fishing territory.
“This will be the first in Biliran, and maybe in Region 8,” he said on the plan to put sport fishing with help on how to do it was provided by RD Berida.
He plans to organize a sport fishing competition with prizes in the identified area of the island, but only during the fishing season.
The island is a potential area for scuba diving with its rich and unspoiled corals populated by several species of fish, considered by a professional group of Cebu scuba divers who have conducted an underwater observation before as’ corals. in the shape of a cathedral ”.
He plans to procure scuba diving equipment and train staff assigned to the island in scuba diving with the help of BFAR to help tourists who will take up scuba diving.
Another additional tourist attraction he has planned is the underwater observation of the spread of giant clams, which was propagated by the former developer in one of the islets of Sambawan, but for commercial purposes before and not as an additional tourist attraction.
“It would be another first in Biliran,” Caingcoy said of the giant clam spread underwater observation plane.
The presence of hawksbill and green turtles, according to information relayed by a DENR-Biliran official, would be an additional attraction in Sambawan, Caingcoy added.
Some tourists would like to see how these sea creatures evolved in its habitat on the island, which is rare these days, he said.
Besides these additional tourist attractions planned in Sambawan, the renovation of the panoramic terrace with the help of the district office of DPWH, the installation of an electricity generator and how to improve the supply of the water system. drinking, are now underway, the local director general of the island municipality’s first agent said during the interview. (ldl / rsv / PIA Biliran)