Kalanggaman Island to banner province’s promotion efforts in 2012-A A +A
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
KALANGGAMAN Island in Palompon town will banner Leyte’s tourism promotion efforts for 2012 and highlight the area as a prime tourist destination in the province.
Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, who recently toured the island, said the province will support promotional efforts of the local government unit (LGU) of Palompon to attract more local and foreign tourists to the area.
However, Petilla said the province’s role would be to invite investor to finance construction of more tourism facilities, as well as develop the area to draw more tourists and visitors.
“We know that developing the area would cost a lot for the LGU. Interested investors would be a big help,” he said.
Palompon’s Kalanggaman Island and Tabuk Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary are part of Leyte’s Northern Alliance for tourism promotion which, together with Canigao Island in Matalom, Digyo Island in Inopacan, Seven Island Destination in Tabango and Baybay City, are being primed as major eco-tourism spots in Leyte.
The governor, however, warned the Palompon LGU to maintain Kalanggaman’s environmental richness and not to disturb its natural surroundings.
Overcrowding the island with tourists would not equate to sustainable tourism, he said.
Kalanggaman Island boasts of clear turquoise water surrounded by white sand with some rocky part. The eastern and western tips are sandbars that blend well with the color of the water. Dwarf coconut trees are scattered in the center, while rich and colorful marine life is resting underneath.
Tourist Police have already been deployed to the area through the Leyte Norte Philippine National Police Provincial Command to provide security to the tourists and ensure their safety.
A Tourist Assistance Desk has also been established to readily answer inquiries and respond to request for police assistance. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)