The town of Alcoy is located in the southeastern part of Cebu. While the town has a number of historically significant structures that may pique the interest of visitors, the main draws of the town are its white sand beaches and magnificent dive spots. The dive spots of the town are relatively unknown, which means you can actually get to appreciate the rich underwater biodiversity of the town without having to worry about bumping into another diver.
The Daan Lungsod-Guiwang or DLG Marine Sanctuary was established in 2001. The marine sanctuary was initially supported by the Coastal Resource Marine Project (CRMP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Before it was established, there were a number of issues that had to be dealt with in the area. These issues included degradation of the coral reefs and mangroves, commercial fishing in municipal waters, and illegal fishing.
The marine sanctuary is located in barangay Daan Lungsod and Barangay Guiwang in Alcoy. The two barangays are also home to the Tingko Beach, which is the most popular beach in the town. In addition, two watchtowers can still be found in the two barangays. These are the oldest structures in Alcoy and serve as a reminder of the Spanish presence in the area.
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