10 November 2004 | Boni Quirog
Amelie Heuer, a Dutch masteral student from the University of Amsterdam, is now
in the province of Bohol for a six-month field research on a comparative study
between conventional commercial tourism and alternative community-based tourism
modalities and their impact on the poor coastal settlers in Bohol.
Heuer is a student of Prof. Johan Post at the
University of Amsterdam. She was also given some
assistance by Dr. Michaela Hordijk who is also a
professor at the University of Amsterdam and member of
the Global Network for Social Threefolding (GlobeNet3)
Research Node. Dr. Hordijk has visited the
Philippines, particularly the provinces of Iloilo and
Bohol, in connection with her own studies on Agenda 21
in relation to social threefolding.
It is worthy to note that Bohol is now touted by local tourist operators as
having surpassed Boracay and Palawan in terms of tourist influx. Whether this is
a boon or a bane, is interesting enough to consider, and even more significant
to ponder vis-à-vis widespread poverty in the countryside.
Heuer’s stint in Bohol is also assisted by Mr. Boni Quirog, Tindog Pilipinas
volunteer in Bohol and Secretary of the provincial legislature. Quirog, who is
also a member of the GlobeNet3 Research Node, is exploring ways through which
Heuer’s study could also crystallize elements of social threefolding in the
sustainable tourism practices that could be found in the data expected to be
gathered from the aforesaid study.