DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 21 (PIA) -- The construction of the Silliman University (SU) Beach Ecological Park is expected to be completed before this year ends, as a tourist attraction that will showcase environment-friendly practices.
SU initially started the development plan in 2018 through a signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing with Dumaguete City government to revive and rehabilitate the beach in Brgy. Bantayan.
The initial funding comes from Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee (OSA) Mariano C. Lao of SU High School Class '57.
Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann, SU president, assured that the construction of the facility is ongoing and nearing completion despite the delays due to the community lockdowns and quarantine as well as in the procurement of construction materials.
During the MOA signing, Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said the city government will take charge in implementing strict security measures, while SU will take care of the eco-park's funding and the scientific research to address Silliman Beach's environmental problems.
The park is designed to house an information area, viewing deck, and a boardwalk which leads to a forested mangrove area, a picnic-stretch, a fisherman's cove with docking area, and a "dampa"-style restaurant that will be managed by the local fishermen's association.
The construction of an information center within the ecological park addresses one of its reviving purposes that is the focal point for exploration and environmental education.
The information building, which also serves as the Bantay Dagat headquarters, will serve as an education and information dissemination center of the ecological park.
In August last year, a groundbreaking ceremony was held onsite.
During the groundbreaking, Remollo, together with members of the SU Board of Trustees, senior officers, Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (IEMS) director and personnel, and Bantayan Brgy. Captain Nerio Grapa with his councilors, showed their support for the project. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with report from SU-OIP)