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LGU eyes eco-tourism after mine closure in Homonhon

Tarsiers are found in the forest of Homonhon Island. (Photo courtesy of Msgr. Bernie Pantin)

GUIUAN, Eastern Samar, March 16, 2017—As three mining corporations operating in Homonhon Island face closure, the local government of Guiuan plans to strengthen its tourism program so displaced workers may find an alternative source of income.

According to the final mining audit report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resouces, Mt. Sinai Mining Exploration and Development Corporation, Emir Minerals Corporation, and TechIron Mineral Resources Incorporated will be closed down displacing almost a thousand workers.

Guiuan mayor Christopher Sheen Gonzales said in an interview that the town has sped up its efforts to establish a stronger eco-tourism program which in turn will pave the way for jobs creation.

“The Department of Tourism has pledged support through the creation of access roads to tourist sites and assistance in the creation of tour packages,” Gonzales said.

The mayor said an access road to Linao Cave will be built with help from DOT.

Gonzales also said a zipline in Calicoan Island is in the works and may be open to the public by June 2017.

The three mining operations were ordered closed due to environmental violations causing siltation of coastal waters and destruction of watershed. (Medora NB Quirante / Este News)

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