More than two dozen local hotels and resorts were awarded the Anahaw Philippine sustainable tourism certification – the first batch of awardees for a new green certification program funded by the European Union (EU) in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT).
The program aims to reduce the carbon emission impacts of tourism activities and contribute to sustainable and inclusive development.
The project is part of the EU’s Zero Carbon Resorts (ZCR) initiative.
The Anahaw certification empowers hotels and resorts with innovations and techniques that help them to save energy, water, fuel and other resources, reduce waste and carbon emission and improve their overall operational efficiency.
The certification is for accommodation establishments in the Philippines who want to enhance their establishment’s brand image and gain competitive advantage as well as reduce their operational costs and boost revenues by attracting a new market of green tourists and travellers.
Criteria for the certification consists of environmental policy administration and management, electricity, energy savings, water, building infrastructure and surroundings, waste, wastewater treatment and management, chemicals and detergents, fuel and environmental protection and cultural preservation.
Tourism Undersecretary Arthur Boncato Jr. described the awarding of the first batch of Anahaw certifications as one of the first crucial steps in sustainable tourism.
“We feel that the Boracay rehab and the Anahaw Philippines sustainable tourism certification are just a few of the catalysts to our national awakening and deeper appreciation of the values of sustainable tourism,” Boncato said.
He described sustainable tourism as the kind of tourism that takes into consideration current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, bearing in mind the best interest of tourists, industry stakeholders, the environment and the host community.
“We expect a great movement, seamless convergence and rapid conversion to our change in paradigm that tourism should always take the backseat when the health of nature and the environment is at stake,” Boncato said.