By Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA) — The 18-man delegation from Cambodia that visited Sorsogon City for the past two days this week was impressed with Sorsogon City’s climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives and strategies; components of the disaster risk reduction contingency plan like shelter, livelihood, evacuation centers; comprehensive land use plan; and where tourism and wellness were the emerging highlight of the city’s development.
Mayor Leovic Dioneda of this city shared with the Cambodian entourage that the key message that they learned in the implementation of the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CCAM), is that, being the only pilot area of CCAM in Southeast Asia, it is now becoming “a magnet for development” where doors of funding agencies just opened up to provide the city the needed funds for development.
He said that this year, the city is becoming known not only for its fast-paced infrastructure development but is also becoming introduced to the world because of its”complementation-strategy” with funding agencies working for enhancing environmental sustainability programs, and the city now focusing more in its tourism potential and wellness of the constituency.
“For the past several years, the city leaders have become a real unified body; both the legislative and executive have focused their mandate in the development of the city, the security of the people, and harnessing outside source for development that outpouring of resources coming from our representatives and senator have been just easily provided aside from global funding source,” Dioneda said.
“Here in the city, Senator Francis Joseph “Chiz” G. Escudero had committed funds for the development of the four-hectare environmental tourism area in Brgy. Cabarbuhan, district of Bacon that will be turned into a zoo where children will be provided the chance to interact with animals and a recreation area for families and for those who simply would like to commune with nature,” he said.
He also presented to the visitors the other add-on components of the CCAM that will create livelihood opportunities — the P 40 million training center and slaughterhouse now being constructed.
The visit was highlighted by the tour of the group to the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) where exposure to geothermal energy featured the essence of technology and environment in harmony. It is now one of the best ecotourism destinations here in the province. (MAL/IAG-PIA Sorsogon)