By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – As immediate responder and protector of tourists, the provincial government of Surigao del Norte set up an Incident Command Post (ICP) in the country’s surfing destination Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte province.
The ICP was established yesterday right at the Oh Wow Surf in “Cloud 9”, General Luna town, Siargao Island.
Members of the ICP First Aid Team will be in the area “round-the-clock” as first responder of any untoward incident or accident that will happen to tourists, guests, visitors and surfers.
A rescue team is also “on standby” in every surf spot in that Pacific Ocean facing the town of General Luna.
The local government unit of General Luna also organized a medical team for any emergency.
“We will try our best to serve and protect our tourists, both foreign and domestic, including our residents in the island, as I also required the other eight municipalities, aside from General Luna town to strengthen their respective disaster risk reduction and management councils as immediate responders of any untoward incident,” Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas said.
The provincial chief executive also ordered the strict implementation of environmental laws, rules and regulations to protect and preserve the amazing beauty of the already acknowledged
“Paradise Island” in northeastern Mindanao.
The government of Surigao del Norte is already taking bold steps to improve their sewerage and waste management system of Siargao and create a master plan for the top surfing destination to avoid the problems now plaguing Boracay island.
Surigao del Norte First District Rep. Francisco Jose F. Matugas ll said the local government is now setting up a P290-million centralized solid waste management system which will be completed within the year or early next year.
“We don’t want Siargao to become like Boracay, that’s why everybody in our island, especially local officials are closely coordinating its protection and preservation.” he said.
He said all towns will be given dump trucks for garbage collection.
Garbage collected will be dumped in a waste-to-energy facility to be built by a Korean environmental company, he added.