Las Piñas and Paranaque Cities are about to become the latest destination craze in the south of the metro following the continuing creation of its Waterland center.
The Waterland center, composed of a 175-hectare coastal area, contains an abundant collection of mangrove trees which serves as a breeding and resting areas for migratory birds situated within the Metropolitan Manila.
The area was previously declared as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention due to its important role as a coastal urban wetland and bird sanctuary.
“Magiging tourist destination na talaga ang Las Piñas at Parañaque Wetland Park,” Sen. Villar told DZRH on Monday morning.
According to the lawmaker, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has allocated fund to help in the establishment of the environmental center which will house a museum, library, training center, restaurant, souvenir shop, and a DENR office for guest to indulge in.
Villar also acknowledged the support of the different national government agencies in helping construct the Waterland center including the Department of Public Works and Highways, Metro Manila Development Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and the Department of Education.
“Yung shore ng Las Piñas- Parañaque Wetland, sobrang linis na. We are proud to announce that,” she said.
Some private sectors, including DZRH and Land Bank, also extended its support on the construction of the center.
During the same interview, the Villar also urged rural farmers to expose themselves on the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in Philippine Farms” program which aims to promote farm tourism among local and international visitors while subsequently urging city folks to participate in generating their own food bank by farming in their respective backyards or any open areas.
“Kami sa Las Piñas tinuturuan namin yung mga homeowner namin na gumawa ng sarili nilang gardens sa mga open-area,” Sen. Villar said.