Following its recent rehabilitation efforts in Boracay, Globe Telecom led an awareness campaign on Marine Biodoversity Conservation in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte which is dubbed as the surfing mecca of the Philippines.
This was done through Globe myBusiness which caters to the business needs of micro, small, and medium enterprises, in partnership with Save Philippine Seas (SPS), an independent non-government, non-profit organization that aims to protect the country’s rich marine resources.
Several stakeholders including 30 business owners and a representative from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attended the 1.5 day marine biodiversity workshop to discuss best practices on sustainability and biodiversity.
“This program of Globe about Marine Biodiversity and Sustainable Business Practices is a big help to the municipality of General Luna. The program serves as a tool to give proper education and awareness to every household and every barangay in order to solve our solid waste management problem. I would like to appeal to the local community and all business establishments here in General Luna that we help each other and work together for the success of our environment conservation efforts; for the prosperity and progress of our own municipality,” said Jose Wilbert L. Gorgonio, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer, General Luna.
While the island is very progressive and has become a booming tourist destination, Siargao is not yet too commercialized, thus, an early intervention is ideal to avoid the pitfalls that Boracay had encountered. Siargao has several establishments in the capital of General Luna which are working together to create a better sustainable development, making it one of the best places to start the awareness campaign.
Harana Surf Resort, for instance, gave a commitment through its General Manager Veda Alcos that while the establishment is not yet fully plastic-free, “we are aiming to be one very soon.” (PR)