DENR to regulate tourism in El Nido
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it will implement policies to help minimize the negative impact of tourism pressure in El Nido, Palawan.
Cited by DENR, reports show that El Nido is beset with problems of diminishing water quality, biodiversity loss, flooding, and proliferation of informal settlers, business establishments, and structures without permit, and a host of other problems.
“I want people to experience the beauty of El Nido and other natural wonders of our country for as long as possible,” said DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu.
“That is why I have instructed all personnel of the Department to address such priorities as clean water, clean air, and solid waste management – issues that are even more pressing for island tourist destinations like El Nido and Boracay,” he added.
In line with Cimatu’s directive, officials of DENR-MIMAROPA identified El Nido as a priority area.
“We do not want El Nido to face the same problem as Boracay,” expressed DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Natividad Bernardino.