SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - The Antique Provincial Board is pushing for an ordinance creating an advisory council that will develop policies for the protection and conservation of waterfalls in the province.
Board Member Victor Condez authored the proposed ordinance creating the Waterfalls Advisory Council as he took cognizance of the 159 waterfalls located in various municipalities in the province.
He said that the province is "teeming with the beauty of our pristine resources which are huge contributors to local wealth and growth and on its way playing significant role in the economy".
"The provincial government of Antique shall endeavor to protect and enrich the value of natural endowments as well as to ensure and preserve every waterfall, its development and promotion as a component of Tourism pursuant Section 16 and 17 of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991," he said in his ordinance during their regular session on Thursday.
Condez added that the provincial government shall make one of its priorities and include waterfalls in its action strategies as an important factor for local development.
In the proposal, the council will be composed of the governor and vice governor as chair and vice-chair, respectively, and the chairpersons of the committees on environment, tourism, cultural affairs, and heritage of the Provincial Board and the Provincial Tourism Officer as among its members.
"The council will take the lead in initiating mechanisms, reforms, and procedures on appropriate regulars for scientific, recreational educational or for tourism purposes without sacrificing the overall environmental integrity of our waterfalls," the proposed ordinance added.
Meanwhile, board member Errol Santillan suggested that the original names and legends of waterfalls be included in the ordinance.
"Every waterfall I believe, also has a legend," he said.
The approval of the proposed ordinance, which is now pending before the committees on tourism and environment has been moved to their Sept. 30 session. (PNA)