SAMAL – Visitors here will soon experience eco-friendly lifesavers, thanks to efforts of locals who successfully merged ideas on recycling and tourist safety.
In Barangay Tagbaobo, Kaputian District, where tourists can enjoy snorkeling and diving, tourists can temporarily ditch usual lifebuoys and try lifevests made from reused materials.
Residents converted plastic bottles into vests, which are held together by fishnets.
Rey Cortez, barangay councilor said they started with environment friendly lifesavers in 2013 when they strengthened the protection of marine and aquatic resources in their area. It also became a livelihood among residents as they offer these lifevests to tourists for P175 per hour, including goggles and fins.
The Bureau of fisheries declared Barangay Tagbaobo as a marine protected area because of its lush marine resources. Just a one hour ride from barge port, one can reach Tagbaobo via habal-habal ride.
Aside from snorkeling and diving, tourists can also visit their Tagbaobo falls and cultural villages showcasing the tribal tribal heritage of the island.