BALANGA CITY, Bataan – A “walk for a cause” will jumpstart the activities lined up for this year’s Pawikan Festival on Nov. 25, a joint project of the Municipality of Morong, the Provincial Government of Bataan and the Bataan Peninsula Tourism Council Foundation Inc., (BPTCFI) to make the people aware of the importance of protecting our endangered species such as the sea turtles in our ecosystem.
Said walk for a cause which enhances physical fitness, will also contribute to the development of the Pawikan Conservation Center in Nagbalayong, Morong with participants paying a minimal fee of P350, to help save the pawikans.
Marine turtles, given their transoceanic feature help in maintaining the ecological balance in the international water, which is why the Bataan Peninsula Tourism Council Foundation Inc., headed by Mrs. Vicky Garcia is exhausting all efforts to save these endangered species, which has now become a widespread activity happening in Bataan and in many parts of the world.
The Municipality of Morong, the Provincial Government of Bataan and the BPTCFI since 1999, with their small steps in the implementation of the community plan involving the people and different organizations, have caught the attention of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2001, with the group’s amazing accomplishment, thereby UNDP provided funds and assistance for a more improved conservation work, a center and a headquarter, assuring all turtles coming to the Bataan beaches of a safe and protected nesting.
Mrs. Cristina Banzon-Enriquez, Provincial Tourism Officer, said that due to its commitment to environment protection and conservation, the province of Bataan received last year (2016), “The Pearl Award 2017” as Best Tourism Event (provincial category) from the Department of Tourism, highlighting activities of the provincial tourism council in their advocacy to save the pawikan or sea turtles.