Philippine Hotels and Dive Companies Support Coral Triangle

Philippine Hotels and Dive Companies Support Coral Triangle
July, 2013

USAID, ASIA

Hotels and an organisation of private dive operators in Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources to promote public awareness on marine resource conservation issues in the Philippines and in the Coral Triangle region through the annual commemoration of Coral Triangle Day every June 9.

The participating establishments included Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa, BE Resorts, Crimson Resort and Spa, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa and the Lapu-Lapu City Marine Sports and Boat Operators Association.

The signing was part of the Coral Triangle Day activities organized by USAID’s US CTI Support Program that gathered 6,000 participants from 30 villages in Lapu-Lapu City to join simultaneous beach and underwater clean-ups, mangrove plantings, and a mini-exhibit to mark Coral Triangle Day. The activities led to the collection of more than 10 tons of trash, the planting of 2,500 mangrove seedlings, and extensive news coverage from the local media.