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Old May 26th, 2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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ZAMBOANGA | Santa Cruz Island Development [mix|u/c]

Lobregat leads inspection of projects on Sta. Cruz Island
Sunday, 26 May 2013 14:38




With barely one month and five days left before he will leave office on June 30, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday led a group of city officials in an ocular inspection of the ongoing projects worth P15 million at the Great Sta. Cruz Island, about 3 nautical miles off mainland Zamboanga.

Envisioned to be a world class eco-tourism beach resort, owing to its pink-sand and pristine natural sanctuary, the Great Sta. Cruz Island is currently undergoing a low-impact improvement with the implementation of its Phase I development projects that would make the island “functional and operational”.

The ongoing projects worth P6.6 million include the construction of 18 small picnic huts, 10 big picnic huts, 7 grilling and washing stations, a drinking station, a lifeguard structure, a gazebo and comfort rooms, all aesthetically-designed and spread at strategic locations on the island.

As per inspection and assessment yesterday, all these projects are now 20% to 30% complete, and barring all hitches, the projects will be completed in three months’ time.

Up next for implementation on the island under its Phase 1 development is the P8.3-million water supply system. It will include the construction of a water distribution system, a power house, a storage facility, a water tank, an atmospheric water machine, electrical works and other utilities. The project has already been bidded out and awarded to the winning constructor, and is currently awaiting the notice to proceed.

During the ocular inspection of the projects, Lobregat along with members of the Protected Area and Eco-Tourism Management Board (PAEMB) suggested some changes and recommendations to make the proposed structures even more functional once they are completed and operational.

Shortly, the outgoing city mayor and congressman-elect for the first district presided over the first quarter meeting of PAEMB, during which City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat presented to the body for discussion a proposed ordinance that seeks to “operationalize the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape for Eco-Tourism, allowing the imposition of certain fees/charges, imposing penalties for violations thereof and appropriating funds for its operations and for other related purposes.”

Also joining Lobregat to the island were Councilor Mayra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Rey Gonzales, his assistant Eduardo Bisguera, City Assessor Erwin Bernardo, Assistant City General Services Officer Arch. Rizamay Basing, Arch. Rodel Falcasantos and staff, Atty. Edward Fronda, Dr. Eduardo Holoyogoy of the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Rosalio Tenorio of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), Engr. Antonio Sta. Elena, Arch. Manuel Tatel and the contractor.

The Zamboanga City Police Office, Navy, Maritime, Task Force Zamboanga, the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and all other agencies were also represented.

It can be recalled, the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands were established as a natural park for tourism development under P.D. 654 dated Feb. 4, 1975. The islands were later declared as tourist zones and marine reserve pursuant to Proclamation No. 1801 dated Nov. 19, 1978, placing both under the administration and control of the then Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA).

On April 23, 2000, Proclamation No. 271 was issued, declaring what was then known as “Big and Small Sta. Cruz Islands Tourist Zone and Marine Reserve” as a protected area and its peripheral areas as buffer zone pursuant to R.A. 7586, otherwise known as “The NIPAS Act of 1992” and renamed the islands as the “Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape.”

Since the islands remained undeveloped to their tourism potentials for years, the city government under Lobregat’s administration had proposed to the DOT and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), formerly PTA, to operate, manage and administer the islands.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod passed Resolution No. 489 on August 9, 2010, authorizing the mayor to use any available funds of the city to manage, administer and develop the islands. On Jan. 20, 2011, the City Council approved another resolution (No. 35), authorizing the mayor to sign the memorandum of agreement for the development, management and protection of the islands.

Thus, on June 17, 2011, the jurisdiction over the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands was effectively transferred and turned over to the city government after Lobregat and officials of TIEZA, DOT, DENR and PAEMB had forged the MOA.

The turnover of the islands to the city government signalled the beginning of a long and tedious process of drawing a roadmap to develop, protect, preserve, conserve and rehabilitate the islands. The process started with an architectural design competition for the structures that will be established on the Great Sta. Cruz Island. — Vic Larato

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The Philippines' best beaches and islands
If white sands aren't your thing, this isn't the country for you. Otherwise, bust out your flip-flops and follow us
By Candice Lopez-Quimpo 30 April, 2012

Picking a favorite beach in the Philippines is like trying to pick a favorite child. Challenging, but not impossible.

With more than 7,000 islands edged by white sand buffering turquoise waters filled with some of the world's most diverse marine life, not everyone will agree on which one is best.

9. Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga


Great Santa Cruz Island is famous for its pink corralline sand, the only beach of its kind in the Philippines.



On Great Santa Cruz Island, pulverized red coral washed up from the sea floor mixes with white sand to produce a pink-hued beach.

It’s a different version of perfection: the powdery beach competes with the blue and green shades of the sea. Some parts of the beach are lovely in their undeveloped state. There are signs of civilization -- souvenirs, nipa huts and restrooms.

Beach visits are limited to day trips, so you have to squeeze everything into a few hours: swim, sunbathe, snorkel, dive, even fish for your lunch. Just don’t mistake serenity for safety -- there’s a deep drop in the sea just meters from shore.

Only those with a tourist permit from the Department of Tourism in Zamboanga City can visit. The permit fee includes armed security escorts.
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The Sta. Cruz Islands

Great Sta. Cruz and Little Sta Cruz
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The Famous PINK SANDS at Sta. Cruz





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It's ABSOLUTELY more FUN in ZAMBOANGA!
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Pink sands of Sta. Cruz island bested 11 countries in Korean expo



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Pink sand beach sa Santa Cruz, Zamboanga City, bagong atraksyon sa mga bakasyunista
Date posted: May 8, 2013 10:09am
Reporter: Saleema Refran




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Tourists visit Zamboanga for pink sand, Muslim delicacies
Posted at 03/26/2013 11:58 AM



Several tourists and travelers are flocking to Zamboanga to visit its pink sand beaches, as well as its seafood and Muslim delicacies.

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, March 26, 2013

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Zamboanga City at the background, viwed from the Pink Island.

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Presenting....



Sta. Cruz Islands, Zamboanga

[SIZE="1"]with mainland Zamboanga from afar!
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Zamboanga’s Pink Sand Beach
By: Philippine Tourist Destinations
Published: Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

With its uniquely beautiful pink sand, Zamboanga City’s Santa Cruz Island is perhaps one of the country’s best island beach destinations. Indeed, as it makes its case by being the only one of its kind in the Philippines.
From afar, the island’s powdery coastline looks blindingly white. But if you look closely, you’ll see glints of pink, especially where the waves crash into the shore. Locals explain that the island gets its pinkish hue from red organ pipe corals (tubipora musica) which have been pulverized by eons of surf erosion.




Although the island is merely 4 kilometers south of the downtown at the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait (about a 15-20 minute boat ride), the place has thankfully remained pristine and well-maintained.
While the nearby Little Santa Cruz Island is kept as a military installation, the Greater Santa Cruz island contains a few covered picnic cottages and bathroom facilities for day-trippers. The island is lushly covered with island vegetation, flowering grass that resembles sea urchins, and a big mangrove-laden lagoon—whose beauty is surpassed only by its picturesque coastline.

With its translucent waters, you will definitely enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. Its underwater scenery and colorful coral reefs, which are just a few meters away from the shore, are awe-inspiring to say the least.
However, the current in Basilan Strait is quite strong, as it acts as a natural channel between two vast seas (the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea), thus swimmers should take precaution.



An interesting aspect of the island is that it contains an old Badjao burial ground beneath a canopy of banyan and frangipani trees. The Sama Badjao, known as “sea gypsies,” believe that the journey continues in the afterlife. Thus, relatives of the departed decorate the tombs with carved vintas or wooden boats. Women from the Badjao Village sell some handicrafts and souvenirs on the island, as well.


Visit the author’s travel blog at www.traveling-up.com
Text and photos by Kara Santos

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Corals near Sta. Cruz Island





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UNTOUCHED PARADISE..
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Nice one! Soon to be the number 1 tourist attraction in Mindanao.
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Gracias na update!
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