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US govít continues to help safeguard RPís environment, improve tourism - US envoy PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 November 2006

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Nov. 3 (PNA) - US Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney said the U.S. government is committed to help protect environment and improve tourism in Palawan and the Philippines in general.

”We are really committed to help preserve Palawan and the country’s environment for the future generations,” Kenney said. “If we don’t save our world for the next generation, we haven’t done our part,” she added.

The ambassador who admired the Philippines’ natural beauty said the government needs to protect and preserve its environment for the generationS to come.

Kenney said the US government is an active partner of the country's government officials, civil society groups and the tourism industry in reducing the negative environmental impact and enhancing the benefits derived from tourism to sensitive coastal ecosystems.

She said American expertise and funding help strengthen local government unit strategies to promote policies for sustainable fisheries; encourage citizens to advocate for more responsible management of marine fish stocks and coastal resources; train volunteers and officials to enforce protection of designated marine areas.

She said that nine U.S. Peace Corps volunteers have been assigned in the province to oversee and implement grants to maintain forests, coastal-marine resources and marine sanctuaries.

On the recently-concluded joint RP-US “Talon Vision" and “Phiblex” military exercises, Kenney said these were a success and provided a great chance for two military forces to train and learn from each other.

The military exercises provided Filipino and American soldiers an opportunity to build their skills by practicing rescue operations, fight training, water landings, and jungle survival skills, the ambassador related.

The participants showed their appreciation of the host communities by providing free medical and dental care to more than 1,000 residents of Barangay Inagawan and those barangays from Aborlan town and helped repair the Inagawan Elementary School.

”As an ambassador, I am happy that my countrymen get a chance to meet Filipinos, eat Filipino foods and enjoy great hospitality,” Kenney told the Philippines News Agency. (PNA)

Source: - By Alex Villanueva Jr. 


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