The basic question is: Can ecotourism yield socioeconomic benefits while promoting environmental causes? Libosada contends that ecotourism is sustainable, environmentally sensitive and respects people and culture. Regis’s ecotourism characteristics mirror the views of Libosada. Due to the multifaceted nature of sustainable development of tourism and ecotourism in particular, a framework that integrates intragenerational and intergenerational equity issues of concerned communities as summarized elegantly in the work of McCool et.al, may provide some answers.
Questions that need answers are as follows: What are the rare species, spectacular landscapes and exotic places in Cavite province? What is the current status and carrying capacity of ecotourism in Cavite? How can we package and market ecotourism including development hotels and resorts in Cavite?
Business Livelihood and Sustainable Development
Product Development and Innovation
According to the Department of Trade and Industry, majority of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are engaged in either wholesale and retail, manufacturing or hotel and restaurant businesses. A specific program of the government to promote MSME is the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippines. Local government units take the lead in identifying, developing, and promoting a specific product or service in their area. The MSMEs are responsible in the manufacturing, offering, and marketing of distinctive products or services using indigenous raw materials and local skills and talents . In Cavite, products that are part of OTOP are Tahong Chips, Kapeng Amadeo, Tablea, Tinapang Salinas and Gen. Trias dairy products.
Government Initiated and Supported Entrepreneurial Projects
The SME Agenda 2004-2010 presents the integrated efforts of the Philippine government to strengthen and stimulate this sector. Strategies to simulate this sector include capacity building, management and technology, developing new products/services, supporting the wearables, food, natural and organic products industries and financing. The SME Development Group, a multi-agency task force, was also created with the tasks of implementing, coordinating, and monitoring the various efforts that go into SME development. The priority areas of SME development are Finance, Training/Human/Resource Development, Marketing, Product Development and Technology Intervention, and Advocacy. Surprisingly, while government efforts have been focused on financial opportunities for entrepreneurs, much less has been said about corporate social responsibility.