49 Siargao businesses told to address environmental problems
49 business establishments in Siargao were told by the government to address environmental problems.
This is to ensure that “responsible ecotourism” is sustained in the internationally popular surfing island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte province, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.
As this developed, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu lauded the DENR-CARAGA regional office for swiftly responding on his order to identify tourism service providers that have violated environmental laws.
“Siargao is still one of the country’s best tourist destinations, but if we want to sustain its viability as an international surfing capital we must show that we are all helping to protect and conserve its environment.” Cimatu said.
Data from the DENR-CARAGA showed that out of 148 businesses in Siargao Island, 49 establishments have been given notices of violations (NOVs) for violating either the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, or the Environmental Impact Statement System.
Violations of the businesses, which are mostly resorts and restaurants, include failing to secure environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) and absence of sewage treatment facilities.