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Coastal Forum to be held in Davao

Davao City (22 November) -- UN has declared 2008 as the international year of the ocean. This has been the campaign of United Nations to raise public awareness about the value of the ocean. Threats concerning the ocean are not limited with overfishing and marine life extinction but also the overwhelming problem in ocean pollution and the lack of waste management. The lack of funding for the preservation programs limits the implementation of these programs.

Tourism in not exempted from this dilemma since the environmental quality of coastal areas and tourism services are also greatly affected. Because of this the Department of Tourism will be conducting a Coastal Forum on December 10, 2008 at Punta Del Sol Resort. The forum aims to discuss three main issues: Users Fee to help augment limited resources, waste management and Safety and security.

This forum shall renew the cooperation among key players from public and private sectors including national agencies, local governments and resort owners. The participation from these sectors are vital in strengthening and improving cooperative activities, including the sharing of human resources, experience, data, instrument development and facilities.

Further, the spirit of active cooperation will be espoused through the payment of user's fee. Implementing such directive will help fund the programs on ocean preservation. There shall also be action planning at the end of the activity in order to follow through the various concerns that deal with ocean preservation and the improvement of the tourism industry in the coastal areas.

Hence, the FORUM shall educate the key players on policies and develop a public-private partnership that deals the concerns of limited resources, waste management and safety and security. For more details regarding the event, you may call the DOT XI at 221-6955 or 221-6955 and look for Ms. Eden David or Jeg Gorra. (DOT/PIA XI) [top]

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