The Coron Initiative, towards sustainable Coron and Calamianes islands

Foreword. Coron, Palawan, Philippines (site of The Coron Initiative– UNEP APFED Sustainable Tourismshowcase program) welcomes visitors back on its way to recovery after the Typhoon Haiyan devastation. Linking Green Resconstruction for Sustainability & Resilience, restoration, protection and tourism while helping boost the grassroots cultural and natural heritage. Book with Calamianes Expeditions & Ecotours or Coron Ecotours, our ground tour operator in Coron. 

Support Green Reconstruction of Coron for Sustainability and Resilience

Support Green Reconstruction of Coron for Sustainability and Resilience

It was providential that I met Al Linsangan III, an Environmental photographer by passion and ecotourism operator by profession, Executive Director of the Coron & Calamianes Cultural Conservation Networks Inc., our lead NGO Advocate for The Coron Initiative,  working towards sustainable Coron in the next millennium.

The Coron Initiative Capacity Building Series on Sustainable Tourism Development & Stewardship,  Environmental Conservation & Green growth for grassroots

The Coron Initiative Capacity Building Series on Sustainable Tourism Development & Stewardship, Environmental Conservation & Green growth for grassroots

Coron Ancestral domain, Calamianes group of islands

Soon after graduating from his Economics course, in what the Westerns would call their “gap year”, Al took off from his home town, Coron to venture across on the island next door of the same name and lived in the ancestral domain of the indigenous cultural communities of the Tagbanuas, immersing himself in its primitive living culture while wandering in its natural wonders. From then on, Al trained and worked his way to become Coron, Palawan’s Eco expert in the truest sense.

Saving Siete Pecados Marine Sanctuary

Trailblazing training. His training through the years boasts of a broad reach of Ecological awareness and Geotourism know-how: from Bird watching basics to Reef assessment course, from Environmental interpretation to Project Learning Tree & Water Education for Teachers (WET) workshops. To further his knowledge on the geological and environmental character of his native region, he trained in a Fisheries management & assessment workshop, under the USAID-F.I.S.H. project and the Sustainable environment management program for Northern Palawan. In the field of tourism, his groundwork is rock solid: a Product development workshop, Tour guide training, and Hotel and restaurant services, management and consultancy as well as his employment with environmental NGOs, natural parks & wildlife management, a cruise/dive company, among others.

Focus on Environmental Photography

To promote his hometown natural specialties and splendor, he took a Basic and  Advanced Photography course, while doing actual research literally on the road about the local arts and crafts, criss-crossing his province. All these, plus various workshops in management, leadership, paralegal, emergency first response, solid and ecological waste management, as well as internship in a natural protected area management, Al has practically learned and earned veritable and valuable credentials as an innovative and trailblazing Conservation connoisseur.   




Eco Entrepreneur. With all these up his sleeve and hard earned capital in his pocket, he set out to establish several creative and authentic SME operations, to include Coron Galeri, an arts and crafts shop and Palawan Outdoors, an adventure specialist and expanded to Calamianes Expeditions and Eco tours, a low-priced full serviced tours utilizing the local service groups such as tour guides, boat men, restaurants and caterers, his Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at grassroots application. He then sat as President of Calamianes Association of Tourism Establishment in 2008-2009. Aside from these, he set up the Calamianes Conservation & Cultural Networks Inc. (CCCN), an NGO that took part in the restoration and establishment of the Siete Pecados Marine Park, a coral reef sanctuary and the Calamian Geographic Society (a group of outdoor oriented youths supporting the programs of CCCN, Tribu Calamianen, a Palawan indigenous cultural music group (see, I told you he looked like a band member!), Calamian Planet Online Internet Café and ultimately Al3 Studios.

Award winning photo of Banol Beach, Coron

His current focus is on Environmental photography and videography (no pun intended) where he dramatically depicts images of people, arts & culture, underwater, landscapes, events, cultural and historical heritage, most were featured in brochures, calendars, magazines and coffee table books while some were award winning.

Now more than ever, Al has a new challenge in the Ecological call of duty, establishing The Coron Initiative©, a vanguard Conservation, Social Responsibility and Sustainable Tourism model for Northern Palawan, with a comprehensive coverage to surpass all so-called paradigm of ecotourism practices.

Al Linsangan, leading the way forward

The Coron Initiative by the Calamianes Conservation & Cultural Networks Inc. (CCCN) headed by Al Linsangan as Executive Director, will be working with institutional partners Zero Carbon Resorts, Green Hotels & Clean Blue Asia, Sustainable Beach Management.

Sustainability Capacity Building and Training programs for communities and destinations  include Good Governance, Rio 21 Agenda, Waste Management/3Rs/MRF, Resilience, Disaster Prevention and Management with UNEP’s GPA Manila Declaration, DENR’s Integrated Coastal Management Program & Coral Triangle Initiative guidelines. Educational programs are customized for public and private stakeholders, local government units, private businesses and the local community in general.

Zero Carbon Resorts helping SMEs in the tourism industry reduce carbon footprints

Green Hotels Asia Pacific our network of reliable eco-responsible hotels

CLEAN BLUE ASIA is the new industry standard for beach management and safety – ISO 13009  – the “Clean Blue Industry Standard” CBIS – to help provide beach operators with the information and guidance to effectively manage the beaches of Asia – Pacific.

For more info visit our Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development Inc. website or contact SSTDI on how we can help.

All photos of Coron are courtesy of Al3 Photography & Videography


8 Responses to “The Coron Initiative, towards sustainable Coron and Calamianes islands”

  1. I really got inspired by Mr. Al Linsangan’s work and dedication to promote Coron’s eco-tourism. Through his website, I found the amazing, breathtaking awesome and true beauty of Coron…I really fell in love with Coron, so I keep coming back…early next year will be my 4th…….MORE POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. really got inspired by Mr Al Linsangan’s work and dedication to Coron’s eco-tourism….through his website, I found out the amazing, breathtaking and awesome true beauty of Coron….I really fell in love with Coron so I keep on coming back…early next year will be my 4th…..MORE POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Wow !! Simply stunning and in our country ❤

  4. Coron is an amazing place, and Al is one of the best possible people who could be involved in something like the Coron initiative.

    Whilst I agree with the concept that “the Coron Initiative …. will be the next ecological mantra not only of the Philippines but also of the planet”, the planet has a long way to go before the goals set out in Coron and take sway in other areas of this planet that are heavily reliant on tourism at any cost, sadly.

    • Thanks for your comments. Indeed, the planet has a long way to go… but if we do our own little green way, collectively, in our community, town/city, province, region AND country and let our movements be known, the earth will certainly be a better place!

  5. […] Tourism development framework in place, it is going the way of Boracay too. Thus, we also organized The Coron Initiative with our Lead Advocate and partner NGOs in the Coron & Calamianes islands. I was also invited […]

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