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Assessment team identifies dive spots in Sta. Cruz isle

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Assessment dives will be undertaken at the Sta. Cruz Island to identify potential diving site areas, the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) reported.

Beginning July 1, a joint assessment team from the local government, the Protected Area Management Unit (PAMU), and the Triton Dive Team will be conducting repetitive dives in the vicinities of the Sta. Cruz Island for the purpose of identifying and assessing the conditions of every dive sites in the area.

City Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Department Head Dr. Ed Bisquera said that the agreement to conduct these assessment dives came about from the conciliation meeting between the PAMU and the Triton Dive Team on June 27.

“The divers together with PAMU promised to conduct a joint assessment of the diving sites...divers will assess the area, determine which are the potential sites, and submit the comprehensive report to the City,” Bisquera said.

The Triton Dive Team is part of the technical committee created by Executive Order 266-2017 to undertake site assessment, resource valuation of damaged sites and coral reefs at the vicinities of the Great Sta. Cruz Island, and the evaluation of potential diving sites, Bisquera added.

The assessment period will last three months, and dives will be scheduled every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and holidays, subject to weather conditions, availability of divers, resources, and dive boats.

“As soon as we have that then the diving sites will have its regulations. The diving sites are not only open for one sector, but it is open to everyone. However, it is subject to regulations which will be drawn up by the assessment team,” Bisquera said.

No other diving aside from the dives conducted by the assessment team will be allowed for the time being.

Also joining the assessment team are the OCENR, the Office of the City Agriculturist, and the Philippine Navy.  (Jasmine Mohammadsali)