Management board eyed for 2 Cebu tourist sites

THE Cebu Provincial Government plans to create a management board that will oversee operations and policies governing the Osmeña and Kandungaw Peaks in southern Cebu to settle the jurisdictional dispute between two towns.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said the creation of a management board was agreed upon by the municipalities of Badian and Dalaguete, and the Capitol.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7 will serve as a member of the board.

Magpale said the proposed management board not only aims to promote the joint protection of Osmeña and Kandungaw Peaks, but also to correct misinformation on the two sites’ location to tourists.

Magpale said there’s a dispute between the Municipal Governments of Badian and Dalaguete on who has the right to manage the two sites.

Some private individuals, she added, have presented certificates of stewardship contracts within Osmeña Peak.

The management board, Magpale said, also aims to come up with a revenue sharing scheme for the two municipalities.

A representative of the Dalaguete Tourism Office said at least 8,000 people visit the two sites per month.

In a month, the Dalaguete Municipal Government earns at least P400,000 from the P50 environmental fee they collect from tourists. (JKV)
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