DENR to make inventory on PH’s emerging tourism sites
There is now a move within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to make an inventory of emerging tourism sites in the country to avoid a similar problem akin to Boracay’s woes.
To be specific, Environment and Natural Resources Chief Roy A. Cimatu has recently ordered the agency’s regional directors to make an inventory of emerging tourism sites in their respective areas of jurisdictions and formulate management plans.
“We want to make sure that the problem in Boracay will not be repeated. We will make sure that there is proper sewerage treatment facilities in the tourist sites, the easement zones are followed and that there will be no encroaching in forestlands,” Cimatu said.
“The revenue that tourists bring to a municipality is very significant especially if it is situated in a third class municipality. If they focus only on development of the tourist destination and the projected revenues and fail to comply with environmental laws, then we will have another problem in the future,” he added.
As of now, Cimatu assured tourists that the government is doing everything to rehabilitate Boracay Island from the environmental damages it has incurred over the years.