Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and her team explored Masungi Georeserve on October 11, 2018, a few weeks before the much-awaited soft opening of Boracay Island. The Secretary has been a staunch advocate for sustainable tourism as a driver for economic development in the Philippines ever since her celebrated appointment in May 2018.
The visit gave way for fruitful discussions and hopeful conversations on the future of tourism in the country. “[Tourism] guidelines are just laws that are not being followed,” says Puyat when the importance of strict laws on tourist destinations was brought up.
Secretary Puyat and her team completed the georeserve’s Discovery Trail, including all rope courses, pit stops, and featured flora and fauna.
As a caretaker of the wellbeing of tourist destinations in the Philippines, the Department of Tourism is now focusing on the enforcement of sustainable tourism practices and environmental laws, which is at the heart of the georeserve’s geotourism model.
The georeserve is one with the Tourism Department and the administration in pursuit of strict implementation of laws and guidelines on the sustainability of our tourist destinations and areas of ecological importance.
Drone shot: Carlo Delantar