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Kalanggaman Island banners Leyte’s 2012 tourism promotion

By Provincial Media Relations Center
December 13, 2011

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Kalanggaman Island in Palompon town will banner Leyte’s tourism promotion efforts for 2012 and highlight the area as a prime tourist destination in the province.

Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, who recently toured the island said, that the province will support promotional efforts of the local government unit of Palompon to attract more local and foreign tourists to the area.

However, Gov. Petilla said, the province’s role would be to invite investor to finance construction of more tourism facilities as well as develop the area to draw more tourists and visitors.

“We know that developing the area would cost a lot for the LGU.  Interested investors would be a big help,” Gov. Petilla said.

Palompon’s Kalanggaman Island and Tabuk Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary is part of Leyte’s Northern Alliance for tourism promotion which together with Canigao Island in Matalom, Digyo Island in Inopacan, Seven Island Destination in Tabango and Baybay City are being primed as major eco-tourism spots in Leyte.

The governor however warned the Palompon LGU to maintain Kalanggaman’s environmental richness and not to disturb its natural sorroundings.

Overcrowding the island with tourists would not equate to sustainable tourism he said.

Kalanggaman Island boasts of clear turquoise water surrounded by white sand with some rocky part. The eastern and western tips are sandbars that blend well with the color of the water. Dwarf coconut trees are scattered in the center, while rich and colorful marine life is resting underneath.

Tourist Police has already been deployed to the area through the Leyte Norte PNP Provincial Command. to provide security to the tourist populace and to ensure their safety. A Tourist Assistance Desk has also been established to readily answer inquiries and respond to request for police assistance.