Sustainable Development in the countryside: The Biri Larosa Protected Landscape/Seascape

Is sustainable development possible in the countryside?

Way back in 2011, I was able to visit the top 3 highest peak in Mindanao called Mt. Matutum. It is a protected area and like many other protected landscape in the Philippines, sometimes people are unaware of how to really take care of it.

@ Mt. Matutum

Anyway, I highly appreciate the efforts of the government in posting warning signs to visitors like the photo you see in the right. But hey, that’s me 6 years ago. Like these mountains, I need to protect myself (kidding!).

Anyway, as a researcher and traveler, I always look for new adventure and interesting escapade. But not only that, I also interested in knowing how people preserved and the environment. Why? Because human beings has a direct relationship with the environment.

Last August 30-31, 2017, I had an opportunity again to visit Biri Island. This time I had a close personal encounter with what they popularly called the “Rock Formation”.

 

Since, I am talking here about sustainable development as a magic word in this article.

What captures my interest is their way of dealing with the tourist and the environment. When we were going to the rock formation, one local resident there asked us if we have a guide.

From this, I surmised that they were oriented that this location is really that important. Because without a guide, some people may pollute the place. Though they have warning sign before you step on the footbridge, it is still better to have a tour guide and luckily our guide was a personnel from DENR.

I found two sustainable ideas in this place.

By the way Biri, Island along with other neighboring island towns is proclaimed as protected landscape under NIPAS Act of 1992 or RA 7586 proclamation no. 291.

DECLARING CERTAIN PARCEL OF LAND OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN SITUATED IN THE COASTAL AREAS  OF THE MUNICIPALITIES OF LAVEZARES, ROSARIO, SAN JOSE, BIRI AND NEIGHBORING ISLANDS SUCH AS BANI, SAN JUAN, GILBERT, CABUNGON GRANDE AND BIRI ISLANDS AND ITS SURROUNDINGS REEFS, PROVINCE OF NORTHERN SAMAR, ISLAND OF VISAYAS AS PROTECTED AREA PURSUANT TO R.A. 7586 (NIPAS ACT OF 1992) AND SHALL BE KNOWN AS BIRI LAROSA PROTECTED LANDSCAPE/SEASCAPE

First is the water source.

 

Yup! Don’t be shocked.

According to the tour guide, this water source never dries run out of water even in dry season. Of course, its located in the rock formation. People from this area of the village use it as drinking water. Well, this water source is a sustainable idea for me because unlike with bottled water, it somehow contributes pollution to our environment. This brings me to the next sustainable development idea I found in their locality.

The environmental campaign strategy.

This is a BiriInitiative way of protecting the environment. If you asked me how sustainable is it?

Of course it is sustainable.

If we want to preserve the future, we should do it now.

Please take some time to read the post.

“To all customers purchasing products from this store anything bottles or packages made of PLASTIC please return for your consideration. You will receive a monthly discount for doing so.”

With the BiriInitiative, an island would be more productive and attractive to visitors not just local visitors like us.

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