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Vigan Heritage Village threatened by storm surges, earthquakes

by Ben P. Pacris

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Nov. 17 (PIA) — The Vigan Heritage Village, which is included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List and the main tourist attraction of Ilocos Sur, is threatened by storm surges and earthquakes due to the impact of climate change.

The alarm was issued by provincial board member Jeremias “Jerry” Singson during the weekly provincial board session at the Capitol here presided by vice-governor Deogracias Victor “ DV” Savellano as he presented the JCS Foundation for the Future of Ilocos Sur project.

“Vigan which is surrounded by the coastal towns of Santa, Caoyan and Sta. Catalina, is in danger in case of deadly storm surge and big quakes,” Singson stressed. “Strong earthquakes will trigger tsunami in these typhoon-prone areas,” he added.

The member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan said that the wrath of the recent Typhoon Pedring that hit the province created storm surges in Fuerte , Caoayan; Mindoro, Vigan; and Tabucolan and Bucalag in Santa.

Singson, chairman of the JCS Foundation, said that they are now recruiting volunteers from the different NGO’s including Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to help in the massive planting of mangrove trees in the coastal areas to lessen the impact of climate change and global warming.

The Foundation which has served about 100,000 indigents through medical mission, will join forces with the provincial government headed by Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson and the Bantay Kalikasan in the environmental protection campaign.

“We will be recruiting 50,000 volunteers to plant mangroves in the coastal towns to revive the fish habitat and safeguard our coral reefs and mangrove areas from degradation,” the provincial board member said.

He said that the mangrove planting activity is part of the JCS Foundation for the Future of Ilocos Sur project to safeguard the environment “because global warming is very alarming.”

Meanwhile, congressman Ryan Luis Singson, member of the committee on tourism, pledged his support for the preservation, conservation and promotion of the Vigan Heritage Village including the rich culture and traditions of the Ilocanos.

Dr. Sean Tomacdang, education supervisor of culture and the arts of the Department of Education, also expressed alarm that the culture and traditions of the Bago Tribe and other cultural minorities in the upland towns are being threatened by landslides and forest denudation. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

[News source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=64476″]

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