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Regional Cave Committee (RCC) Meeting Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing

Despite inclement weather in Laoag, the LEAD Movement tried to make it to Burgos to witness a historical first in the Ilocos ecotourism scene. After nearly a year of cave explorations, assessments and trainings, in hopes of promoting Burgos as a spelunking adventure destination, the joint undertaking is sealed with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during the Regional Cave Committee (RCC) Meeting, organized by the Department of Natural Resource (DENR) and Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) Region I Offices, chaired by RED Samuel Peñafiel, CESO III, on August 23-24, 2012.

May the partnership between Burgos (led by Mayor Cresente Garcia) and DENR for co-management of the Burgos caves be the start of well planned/supervised/monitored multisectoral ecotourism projects that are sustainable and, most importantly, improve the well-being of the community.

More power to the DENR Regional office for their tireless efforts and invaluable contribution to sustainable tourism through ecotourism, the promotion of responsible nature appreciation/adventure, the empowerment of local government units and encouragement of people’s participation in the province of Ilocos Norte.

Chinese tourist in a photo op with the Provincial Director, Police Senior Superintendent

Our visiting Chinese friend Lee Zeng Peng tagged along. He requested a photo op with Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Marlow Chan. He loves Ilocos Norte so much that he’s back in the country after his first visit exactly a year ago. He speaks neither Filipino nor English, so I communicate through hilarious sign language. However, the hubby speaks his language, so Zeng doesn’t get lost. I’m surprised, he loves pinakbet (mixed local vegetables stewed in fish paste. It comes from the word “pinakebbet” which literally means “allowed to shrink or wrinkle”), and enjoyed the igado (a popular pork meat and innards dish – mixed with canned guisantes, or green peas, green and red bell pepper slices, sauteed in flavorful liver sauce).  I’ve tried the young restaurateur’s cooking before and it’s on the bland side. He was happy to see Burgos’ picturesque places in a video presentation at the meeting.

Chinese tourist eats pinakbet and igadoIlocano food -- Grilled chicken, pinakbet and igadoWaste Segregation seen in Burgos

Something new in the Burgos Town Hall compound. Hoping proper waste segregation becomes a part of everyone’s system, in the entire town of Burgos, the province and the country as well.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

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