THE House Committee on Tourism chaired by Rep. Lucy Gomez approved a bill declaring Bucari in Leon, Iloilo an ecotourism zone.
House Bill 5072 was authored by Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta of Iloilo’s 2nd district where the town of Leon belongs.
Bucari attracts thousands of visitors due to its cool climate and pine trees, earning it the nickname “Little Baguio” of the region.
Gorriceta also described Bucari as an area with “breathtaking scenery, with 21 waterfalls, beautiful flora and fauna, and numerous mini rice terraces.”
The proposed eco-tourism zone is comprised of Bucari and 14 other highland barangay of Leon and seven barangay in the nearby town of Alimodian.
Ecotourism is defined as a form of sustainable tourism within a natural and cultural heritage area where community participation and management of natural resources, culture and indigenous knowledge and practices, environmental education and ethics as well as economic benefits are fostered for the enrichment of host communities and satisfaction of visitors.