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Game face on! Puerto Galera de Noveleta ready for deluge of tourists

Mar 3, 2018 @ 22:05

With three weeks to go before the Lenten break, this two-hectare shoreline beach resort, dubbed as “Puerto Galera de Noveleta,” is set to open and beckons beach goers and holiday vacationers.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, Noveleta Mayor Dino Reyes Chua said the long stretch of this beach resort in Barangay San Rafael IV is now spruced up to usher in tourists, seaside vacationers and beach goers during the Holy Week.

Chua initiated the local government project to embark on the shoreline clean-up drive which started in mid February to remove piles of litters and tons of garbage.

“Dati po nung hindi pa nasisimulan i-develop itong area talagang sa gate palang ang dami ng basura (In the past before developing this area, a lot of garbage are strewn all over even up to the (resort’s) entrance gate),” said Norlene Pabalate, coastal village resident and maintenance worker.

Municipal Public Information Officer Gloria Fernandez said the town mayor broached the idea of engaging the coastal barangay folks for the maintenance and upkeep of the long beach, which could lure more tourists and visitors, besides the town folks who frequent the place for swimming escapade.

Chua’s local beach resort project features swimming pools – infinity pools for the adults and kiddie pool, live bands, bars and restaurants, inflatable island playground, skate park, skim board, surfing and aqua sports.

The beach resort would soon offer banana boat rides, beach volleyball, beach football, rock climbing, fire dancing, seaside market, “paluto sa dampa” or home-made cooking at the nipa huts, celebrity café and fireworks competition.

“Ito ho talaga dito walang pang bayad as of now kasi ‘di pa masyadong nagagawa. Ang sabi po ‘pag taga-Novelta ka walang bayad kaya lang syempre pag mga taga ibang lugar meron po para sa maintenance (Here, the entrance is free for now since the place is still up for developments. Although for Noveleta residents, access to the beach is free, but a meager entrance is charged for non-residents for maintenance),” said Jose Rivas, one of the area supervisors under the local government project.

Rivas said two nipa huts are in place and 28 more are under construction, including the public restrooms and on-going renovation of the resort’s clubhouse.

He said the local government would ensure the environment upkeep of the area and has declared a smoke-free zone on the seashore, but there will be designated areas for smokers with ashtrays to avert littering of cigarette butts.

He said part of the plan is to ensure the sea water is clean by putting up perimeter net enclosures to filter the garbage from straying into the swimming area and for trashes to spill into the shore.

The municipal information officer also disclosed that beach resort operation would be open 24 hours to public once the facilities are in place for the formal inauguration of the seafront resort.

Fernandez also said that the town chief executive has conceptualized micro business stalls to be put up at designated areas as income-generating project for the coastal folks and spur micro-small enterprises for the town.

“Gusto ko rin po kasi magtinda ng dried fish kapag nagbukas na talaga yung resort. Kasi nagbibilad kami ng tuyo. Gaya ng mga bagoong, tuyo, alamang yan kasi ang mga hinahanap nila (I also plan to sell dried fish once the resort officially opens. Our occupation is dried fish making so we could sell these products including, fermented anchovies and shrimp krill that visitors are looking for),” Pabalate said.

Pabalate received a meager pay of PHP100 per day for her maintenance/clean-up work but she doesn’t mind of the small amount as her caretaker and cleaning job is an act of volunteerism.

“Bali ho naglilinis po kami, nakikipagtulungan po kami sa mga gawain po dito. Sabi ni Mayor walang imposible kapag natulungan kami sa paglilinis, talagang tulong-tulong po lang (we help each other in cleaning the area. Mayor (Chua) in fact inspired us that nothing is impossible if we work together in cleaning the area),” she said.

The maintenance workers consider the measly sum they get from the local government as extra income because they are residents in the coastal village and they help clean the seaside environs.

They expressed elation that they have their small-time livelihood and expect their area would soon be developed but were assured by Mayor Chua never to lose track in observing cooperation and maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings. (By Joshua G. Ganoy and Patricia N. Villadolid, OJTs/PNA)

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