The provincial government of Negros Occidental with the help of some government agencies will monitor the sale of crafts made of sea shells outside the Panaad Park and Stadium during the Panaad sa Negros Festival next year.
Provincial Tourism Officer Christine Manzenares said yesterday that this is because of the complaints of some tourists that the crafts they bought are being held at the airport since these are composed of endangered species of seashells.
Manzenares said the Panaad sa Negros Secretariat will monitor the sale of these crafts together with the tourism officers of towns and cities in the province, the Provincial Legal and Management offices, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
At a meeting at the Provincial Capitol last week, the group decided that aside from the sale of crafts made of endangered specie of seashells, they will also monitor the sale of endangered species of plants during the Panaad festival, Manzenares said.
They also discussed the construction of the organic village at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City since organic products are among the top sellers during the Panaad sa Negros Festival every year, she said.
The Provincial Agriculture Office also suggested that they distribute farm equipment and tools to the farmers during the festival as one of its highlights, Manzenares said.*APN