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Geopark team visits BLC, PMSC

The team of Bohol Island Geopark and staff of Bohol Environment Management Office paid a visit to Bohol Limestone Corporation (BLC) and Philippine Mining Service Corporation (PMSC) – Bohol Plant on April 21, 2021. They were oriented about the companies’ history, management, operations—how non-renewable resources are extracted and processed—and their environmental and social programs for the impact communities. It is noteworthy that PMSC is ISO 14001-2015: Environmental Management System certified. Thereafter, the team had the opportunity to introduce the Geopark project to the two companies and explained that quarrying activities can exist within the geopark territory provided that they adhere to national and local laws. It should be noted as well that there are no geosites identified within the quarrying site. In this regard, the team looks forward to formalizing partnership and cooperation with the two companies with the aim to educate Boholanos about responsible and sustainable mining. To the officials and employees of the BLC and PMSC-Bohol Plant headed by Engr. Victor J. Bantol and Engr. Paul M. Espina, respectively, we thank you for accomodating us.

Miss Universe Philippines‘ Ambassador for Tourism, Pauline Cucharo Amelinckx, expresses her support for Bohol Island Geopark’s bid in becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark. Amelinckx, together with Fr. Val Pinlac, Chairman of Bohol Arts and Cultural Heritage Council, and the rest of the team, visited some of the primary geosites of Bohol namely, the Lamanok Island in Anda, the Alicia Schist and the Princess Manan-aw Cave in Alicia. Bohol Island Geopark is one of the priority projects of the Provincial Government of Bohol under the administration of Gov. Art Yap and Vice Gov. Rene Lopez Relampagos.

The Bohol Island(BI) Aspiring Geopark TWG Secretariat headed by Ms. Jovencia B. Ganub, assisted by Ms. Jessel Mae N. Polinar convened today, March 3, 2021 for a Meeting to discuss youth involvement in our Bohol Aspiring Geopark. The meeting was participated by Ms. Ana Liza Laurel (DepEd Geopark Coordinator), Mr. Stephen Bryan Yu Bongcaras (Multi-awarded Boholano Youth) and Ms. Maricres Anunciado (PYDO Head) at the BEMO Conference Room of the Provincial Capitol. Mr. Karl Michael B. Din, PGBh Geologist, gave an overview of the BI Aspiring Geopark. Afterwards, the invited attendees also imparted their expertise and shared knowledge and ideas on how the Boholano youth and teachers can be involved in achieving the goals of the BI Aspiring Geopark. The group agreed to have more sessions and to create more opportunities and activities for the Boholano youths & teachers to intensify awareness and spark interest on BI Aspiring Geopark.

Active participation of local communities and indigenous peoples play a vital role in the success of a UNESCO Global Geopark. To achieve this, the Bohol Island Aspiring Global Geopark team engaged its relationship building with the Eskaya Tribe on February 9, 2021 in Brgy. Taytay, Duero. The initial talk included introduction of the geopark project, the important role of the indigenous communities to the geosites, likewise, the preservation of their indigenous knowledge including traditional know-hows, beliefs, and lifestyles. The team also had an opportunity to listen to the Eskaya’s Taytay Chieftain Hilario Galambao as he shared a brief history and some anecdotes about their tribe. Truly, the uniqueness and richness of their culture need to be shared not just to the Boholanos but also to the Filipinos and the rest of the world. The day ended with a quick visit to their museum and a large cave located nearby.

Lami Samyal Eskaya Tribe…
(Thank you Eskaya Tribe)

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