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‘Once Islas’ opens to the public


‘Once Islas’, a group of 11 islands located within the political boundaries of barangays Panubigan and Dita in the east coast, is now open to the public.

Mayor Beng Climaco led City and Barangay officials Sunday morning during the soft opening of the Once Islas for eco-cultural tourism showcasing the city’s rich natural resources and breathtaking sceneries.

“El govierno local ya hace todo manera posible para el abrida de este Once Islas. Este el deberasan political will that despite the challenges we face, we find ways para dale oportunidad con el maga residnete para mira el hermosura del panubigan,” the mayor declared as she acknowledged the efforts of all concerned for making the operation of the newest tourist attraction possible.

The operation of the Once Islas is pursuant to Ordinance 2018-16 approved by the City Council designating the City Tourism Office as the overseer of the newest attraction. The ordinance empowers the community and respects the culture of the indigenous peoples.

The law provides Community Tourism in Partnership with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the City Government coordinating with Barangays Panubigan and Dita which provide the resources.

Mayor Climaco specifically recognized the efforts of the City Tourism Office under Sarita Hernandez, the City Council through Councilor BG Guingona, the barangay councils of Panubigan under Chairperson Jacqueline Magasa and Dita, the City Legal Office, City Engineer’s Office, the PNP, Coast Guard, Philippine Navy and other law enforcement units and all those who helped and contributed to the project.

“God bless these efforts for people to admire a beautiful unspoiled island which makes swimming, kayak and trekking with island hopping possible,” the mayor said.

Present during the soft opening were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, District II Cong. Mannix Dalipe,  Councilors Josephine Pareja, Jihan Edding, BG Guingona, Bong Atilano, Jimmy Villaflores, Rommel Agan, Cesar Jimenez Sr., City Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez, officials from the PNP, Coast Guard, Philippine Navy and other law enforcement units and barangay officials from Panubigan and Dita and numerous others. (Sheila Covarrubias/ City Hall PR)

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