By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1
BANTAY, Ilocos Sur – The provincial government of Ilocos Sur aims to develop as eco- tourism and heritage park the 24-hectare reforestation site in Sitio Caniaw, Barangay Taleb here.
Initially, the provincial government has allotted P30 million to fund for the immediate construction of the Caniaw Heritage and Eco-tourism Park project.
Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson said Thursday that a groundbreaking ceremony was successfully held recently at the actual site to signal the formal start of the project.
“The development of the reforestation site is one of our initiatives for our sustainable local tourism industry program while we are maximizing, harnessing, and preserving our beautiful nature as attractive tourist destinations,” he said.
The site is set to become a tourist spot with various interactive and adventurous activities with nature.
“Initially, we will construct in the area a bike trail, camping site, high and low roping site, cottages, and a function hall for team building session,” said Singson.
Another attraction in the area is the sanctuary of at least 55 species of trees.
To preserve the natural habitat of the various tree species in the site, the provincial government of Ilocos Sur and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) entered to an agreement that no cutting activity to all trees in the site will be done during the construction and the operation of the tourism project.
“Before pursuing this project, we consulted the DENR to make sure that no single tree will be cut. All design was approved by them. We created the project not only for the sake of tourism but also to protect our nature and maintain the natural beauty,” said Singson.
He added: “With its dense forestry and greenish surroundings, Caniaw Heritage and Eco-tourism Park can truly attract travelers where everybody can enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature developed by the creative minds of human in which this is a perfect sanctuary away from urban life.”#