MAASIN CITY, April 29 — Four more marine park sanctuaries in Southern Leyte, were recently unveiled during the 1st Environment Summit held at Lourdes Convention Center here.
The four sanctuaries are all situated in Maasin City, in the villages of Badiang, Lib-og, Pasay and Mahayahay.
Accordingly, there are 52 existing marine fish sanctuaries in Southern Leyte, and the four new ones were added, making 56 the total number.
Last year, the Molopolo Fish and Bird Sanctuary in Macrohon municipality won the 3rd Best Marine Protected Area Award in the country.
The discovery of the worlds smallest frog found in the lush forest of Mt. Nacolod was considered a breakthrough in environment.
The environment friendly province also has one of the best diving spots in the country.
The Environment Code of Southern Leyte was passed six years ago, which was the roadmap for the clean and green Southern Leyte.
The summit that anchored on the theme Protecting and Sustaining Southern Leytes Web of Life was also highlighted by a covenant signing for the Southern Leyte Sustainable Development Council where all summit participants committed and affixed their signatures to express their desire to help nurture the environment.
A staunch environment advocate, Southern Leyte Governor Roger G. Mercado spearheaded the event organized by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRO) headed by Eva Abad. (PNA)