The Municipality of Sultan Naga Dimaporo is gifted with beautiful mountainous landscape overlooking the pristine blue waters of Illana Bay, bordered by long fine sand that leads into rich underwater resources of the bay.

On September 4, 2019, the Provincial Tourism Office headed by Ms. Alerma Grace E. Yorong, invited keynote speakers to impart relevant information of the benefits of tourism in the community.

Tourism create jobs and provide opportunities to the people of the community. In this premise, the Community Tourism Awareness Campaign and Coastal Clean-Up of the Provincial Tourism Office come into being.

In partnership with the Department of Tourism, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Municipal Government of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, in line with the celebration of Tourism Month, initiated the activity to increase awareness of the significant contribution of tourism coupled with environmental consciousness to the residents of the municipality. The program was held at Pikalawag Pavilion, Barangay Pikalawag in the said municipality.

Mr. Rico Libre, DOT 10, emphasized the greater benefit of tourism not only to the municipality but also to the entire province. To promote tourism, one must understand how tourism works.

And on the side of the environmental consciousness, participants joined the coastal clean-up along the beach of Pikalawag.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, represented by Ms. Najebah Khalid Tawantawan, the Environmental Management Specialist, discuss not only the importance of taking care of the environment but also the laws created for its proper implementation. This to increase knowledge on environmental policy.

Section 48, Paragraph 3 of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, prohibits burning of solid waste. The law states burning leaves and wastes is harmful to one’s health. Leaf and waste burning releases several poisons in the environment. People who are found in violation of this law will be penalized with imprisonment of one to 15 days and a corresponding fine of P300 to P1000.

The activity was participated by Boatmen (Tourism Industry Skills Program-Trained), Sangguniang Bayan Chair on Tourism, Tourism Council Chair, Barangay Officials, Municipal Tourism Officers, and owners of nearby cottages. The activity also aims to better equip residents with knowledge on how to interact with tourists and visitors.

The Provincial Tourism Office through Ms. Beauty Rose Gandarosa, presented Lanao del Norte’s history, Tourism Products and Services, Achievements / Awards, Tourist Arrivals and DOT Accreditation. PIO-LDN