THE San Carlos City Environment and Management Office (Cemo) and the City Tourism Office officially launched the Search for Sipaway Eco-Friendly Homestay at Camp Tesoro Private Resort in Barangay Ermita in the island last week.

Now on it’s third year, 15 participating accredited Sipaway Island Overnight Shed Association (Siosa) were briefed on the criteria of the competition, requirements and other important things they needed to comply.

To join, an accredited Siosa should present their permits and training certifications before undergoing evaluation and assessment, a statement from the city government said.

It added that the criteria for judging include Environmental Component Management involving solid waste administration program and water conservation.

It also includes wastewater management program and sustainability program and its Operational Components involving programs in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) Health Protocols and the Structural Components related to accommodation, basic amenities, furnitures and fixtures.

The competition is now categorized and classified as Mabuhay Accommodation with more than five rooms, homestay which a family hosts the guests with below five rooms and the Tourism Recreational Center offering facilities only.

The City Government urged participants to comply with accreditation requirements to avail incentives and get support from the local government and the tourism sectors.

Experts from different agencies were tapped to ensure they are provided with technical assistance as well as training and seminar before they could fully operate. (PR)