The city government of Ormoc and a group of farmers surrounding the lake were among the local stakeholders who have expressed support for the updated management plan for the Lake Danao National Park, it was announced by DENR-Region 8 Executive Director Manolito Ragub.
“With the people’s positive gesture, including the support committed by the Ormoc city government, we are now looking forward to implementing the plan with high hopes of attaining the pre-set goals of making the Lake Danao National Park a top tourist attraction in this part of the country,” Ragub said.
According to Ragub, the regional office initiated the revision and updating of the Lake Danao’s management plan in consonance with the thrust of DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje of making programs and projects on environmental protection and natural resources management more responsive to current concerns, and to involve a wider participation of stakeholders in the planning process.
He also stressed that the revised plan was designed to transform the 2,193 hectare- national park into a climate change resilient center of biodiversity, adding that important inputs to the new plan were the city’s Ecotourism Development Plan and the Lake Danao Site Development Plan. The original management plan was crafted sometime in 2009.
The plan also contains updates on the physical and biodiversity data of the park, new management structure and the roles of stakeholders, and financing mechanisms to ensure the park’s sustainability.
Measures to address climate change concerns, as well as management standards and guidelines were also identified to attain the plan’s six goals of biodiversity conservation, improved quality of life, eco-tourism promotion, sustainability of the park, informed lake users and waste management.
Ormoc City Tourism officer Ira Bantasan said the city government has allotted some P5 million for infrastructure and other activities at the park, adding that the on-going construction of the view deck and rest rooms will soon be completed.
She called on the village residents to help in the proper maintenance of the park’s surroundings and facilities to entice more park visitors.