By Restituto Cayubit
TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) provided tour equipment worth more than P1.9 million to three peoples’ organizations in the town of Palompon, Leyte.
Karina Rosa Tiopes, DOT Eastern Visayas director, said the Liberty Eco Adventure Park received worth P970,000 worth of tour equipment, Palompon Eco Park, P291,000, and Palompon Tour Guides Association, P727,500.
Tiopes said the equipment will help the groups promoted Kalanggaman Island and other destinations in the town.
Among the equipment are rain coats, hammocks, sleeping bags, ropes, harnesses, outdoor pants, rescue helmets, solar camping lanterns, tents and compasses.
Tiopes said te equipment came from the Yolanda Comprehensive Recovery and Rehabilitation Project-Tourism Infrastructure and Livelihood Project.
Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla said Kalanggaman Island, considered as the Leyte’s top island destination, has been attracting droves of local and foreign tourists, helping the town recover from the devastation from Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013.
Kalanggaman earned P22.189 million from 113,556 tourists who visited the Island last year.
The six-hectare island is about an hour’s boat ride from Palompon town proper. It features a powdery white sand beach surrounded by clear blue water.