ManLuNa and BinKiSu Start Best Practice Transfer Concept Development

Ms Hilda I Corpuz (left) in group discussion during the Transfer Concept Development for ManLuNa and BinKiSu


On February 14-15, 2011, two pilot areas in the Philippines namely ManLuNa and BinKisu cluster of municipalities in Misamis Oriental Province conducted a two-day workshop to draft Best Practice (BP) replication transfer concept. ManLuNa and BinKisu will replicate the BP on tourism as modeled by Phuket City in Thailand ‚ÄúPreservation of Old Town and Revival of Traditions‚ÄĚ. Members of the ManLuNa and BinKiSu Technical Working Group, which was set up by the local governments for replication purpose and respective governmental offices from each pilot area attended this workshop with the facilitation of DELGOSEA local coach, Ms Hilda I. Corpuz.

At the workshop, the ManLuNa cluster highlighted the importance of protecting environment and culture for its tourism sector development. The discussion at the workshop resulted in the following measurement of ways to ensure such protection through BP replication:

1)  Organize a cluster-based multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) responsible for the MANLUNA Tourism Plan formulation, marketing, and coordination activities. The TWG will comprise but not limited to the following; some or all of the MANLUNA IMT members, representatives from the tourism office, academe, and private sector;

2)  Formulate the MANLUNA Tourism Development Plan CY 2011-2025. The MANLUNA profile and its plans for tourism and environment can be elaborated in this Development Plan. This shall serve as guide for its implementation and culture preservation;

3)  Gain practical approaches and knowledge on the processes in maintaining a clean and green environment through study tour/ site visits particularly in Palawan Eco-tourism, Phuket (Thailand), and Muangklang (Thailand). Workshops would then be conducted contextualizing the lessons learned from site visits.

The BinKiSu cluster also came up with a people-based approach to minimize unequal access to potential income resources and ensure sustainable tourism sector as part of replication activities:  

1)  Conduct capability training on handicrafts and delicacies, and its local cultures and traditions. Reviving the indigenous traditions and cultures will be of priority by organizing cultural presentations as part of its social activities. Research Committee and Culture Revival Committee shall also be organized;

2)  Provide affordable tour packages;

3)  Rehabilitate mangrove areas. Reforestation of one hectare mangrove by year 2015;

4)  Environmental protection. Establish fish sanctuary by delineation of three areas for fish sanctuary; prevent further erosion by enforcing tree planting activities on at least three hectares of forest and adapting contour farming system;

5)  Provide and improve basic services, utilities and facilities; Concreting of access roads, construction of water reservoirs and additional pipelines, construction of public restrooms, and conduct IEC and search on cleanest and greenest barangay;

6)  Establish a venue for relaxation, physical fitness and entertainment to tourists and the public in general; Completion of Bay walk and Bagakay Bay Park at Kinoguitan, improvement of Mantianak Park at Sugbongcogon, and improve and develop pilgrimage area at Binuangan.