The study aimed to analyze Isla Verde as a potential ecotourism destination in terms of the criteria set by the Department of Tourism. The study further looked into Isla Verde’s manner of preserving and conserving its natural resources and what the island needs for further development.
The researchers focused on the six barangays of Isla Verde, namely, San Agustin, Kanluran, San Agustin, Silangan, San Agapito, San Andres, San Antonio, and Lipon-lipon. Adopting the descriptive research design, the researchers used two research instruments to gather the data needed: observation checklist and an interview guide. The observation checklist was used to evaluate how the criteria set by the Department of Tourism is complied by Isla Verde.
Findings showed that the island has satisfactorily met the criteria for it to become an ecotourism site. The local residents in the island have been given different programs, seminars, and trainings conducted by the First Philippines Conservation Inc. (FPCI) to make them aware of the need to protect the island. They also have different livelihood programs, such as mat weaving and animal husbandry which helped them to have alternative sources of income. Training have also been given to some of the fishermen in each barangay. The researchers also found out that local residents do give importance to proper waste management for the beautification of the island. There were, however, some areas of concern found to need improvement, specifically, accommodations and food service.
Based on the findings, the researchers concluded that Isla Verde has the potentials to become an ecotourism site provided that it continues to pursue development opportunities that would eventually make the island an ecotourism site.
Recommendations to further develop the area in terms of its accommodations, nature-based activities, and providing seminars that will help the local people to have a wider knowledge in protecting their island’s natural resources were forwarded.