At least seven sites have been assessed by the Department of Tourism Mimaropa regional office for the their potential as tourism spots in south Mindoro island.
Each of the sites included in the assessment has its unique cultural and natural attractions.
These sites are the Brgy. Panaytayan Mangyan Community and Oriental Mindoro Heritage and Cultural Center in Brgy. Manul, both in the Municipality of Mansalay. The weaving site in Brgy. Manul showcased the traditional weaving techniques of the Mangyan community, while the cultural center highlighted the rich heritage and traditions of the region.
Another site assessed was the Pocanil Beach Resort, Buyayao Island, and Rich Sea Seaweed Processing Center in Brgy. Balatasan in the Municipality of Bulalacao. The beach resort offers a picturesque view of the ocean, while Buyayao Island is a perfect destination for island hopping. Meanwhile, the seaweed processing center provided insights into the seaweed industry of the region.
The Devil’s Mountain, located in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, is also a site assessed during the activity. The mountain offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas, while the nearby Mangyan communities provide a glimpse into the traditional way of life of the indigenous peoples.
To further assess the tourism potential of the area, a site assessment workshop was held in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. The Municipality’s Mayor, Rey Ladaga, and Vice Mayor, Santiago “Sonny” Javier, were in attendance, along with the DTI MIMAROPA Regional Director Joel Valera.
The assessment of these sites aims to boost the tourism industry of South Mindoro Island and was conducted along with representatives from various government agencies and the local government of Palawan and Marinduque.