The provincial government of Negros Oriental has allocated P2 million for the construction of a conference and restaurant facility near the watch tower at Mantalip Reef in municipality of Bindoy.
Governor Emilio Macias II said he wanted to continue the rehabilitation and improvement of Mantalip Reef as another potential area for scuba diving, next to Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental.
The municipal government of Bindoy and the provincial government are now completing the rehabilitation of Mantalip Reef.
Rehabilitation started during the term of former governor and now 2nd district Rep. George Arnaiz, who first saw the potential of Mantalip Reef as another tourist destination in the province.
Capitol Information Officer Adrian Sedillo said the reef was destroyed due to illegal and dynamite fishing that had caused the destruction of corals.
At present the reef has been partially rehabilitated.
Sedillo said Mantalip Reef had similar corals that could be found in Apo Island that should closely be monitored and guarded against illegal fishing.
At present, Apo Island in Dauin is the only favorite diving destination in the province that has attracted several foreign tourists.
Recently, Macias ordered the seeding of Avalon fish in Mantalip Reef to recapture its rich marine resources and help improve the food security program of the province, which is in line with the 12-point agenda of the governor.