The Panglao Association of Dive Operators (PADO) launched the first Bohol Loop Dive Expo on Friday afternoon at the Ceremonial Hall of the Provincial Capitol.

PADO president Ivy Kung thanked the Provincial Government led by Gov. Aris Aumentado for supporting the diving industry and opening areas of opportunity for environmental protection.

Jojo Arcay, adviser of PADO shared the willingness of PADO to share its best practices in implementing environmental users fee through the diving experience in conjunction with carrying capacity regulations through an advance reservation system.

PADO has so far held assessments in dive sites in the 11 municipalities of Mabini, Dimiao, Garcia Hernandez, Valencia, Jagna, Talibon, Lila, Duero, Guindulman, Anda, and Ubay.

Aumentado thanked PADO for its initiative to partner with the Provincial and Municipal Governments to develop a niche in Bohol
Tourism that is complemented by efforts to safeguard the environment.

Tourism chair Board Member Tita Baja and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection chair Board Member Jamie Aumentado-Villar both commended PADO and reiterated the support of the Provincial Government especially in ensuring sustainable tourism and environmental protection.

Vice Gov. Victor Balite delivered the welcome message.

The dive expo themed “Be Part of My World: Defying Limits, Underwater Discoveries” will be held in April next year with a series of diving activities in sites across the province and is expected to be participated in by 100 underwater photographers, professional divers and dive enthusiasts.