BACOLOD City – A public-private partnership project served as learning case target for a Project Cycle Management training.
The “Watershed Reforestation and Environment Education-Introduction to Ecotourism” is a joint project of the Silay local government and Ikaw-Ako Foundation, a Japan-Negros partnership for environmental protection.
The training included representatives of non-government organizations all over the country and sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Participants were made to grasp the project framework, define indicators, plan projects and monitor results of activities in the field from July 23 to 27.
Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano said that the rehabilitated mangrove area in Brgy. Balaring has been converted into an eco-tourism park which is a classic example of public-private partnership under Republic Act 9593.
The training participants had a familiarization tour at the project in Brgy. Balaring with the assistance of Tourism Officer Ver Pacete and Ikaw-Ako Chapter President Leo Canson.
Pacete said the Balaring project is a Department of Tourism awardee as an excellent ecotourism program and has harnessed initiatives from the fisherfolks, assistance from Silay City Government, marketing and promotions from Ikaw-Ako and JICA.
Mari Kurata, the project coordinator, said that the participants interviewed the staff members of Silay Tourism Office, the officers, members and volunteers of Balaring Mangrove Planters’ Association on the collaborative efforts in the success of the project.Kurata said that the learning insights and survey results will help the participants prepare their own data and improve their own areas when they go back to their regions.