PhilippinesNon-compliant El Nido properties warned to clean up their environment.

More Philippines resort closures eyed

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El Nido under close scrutiny for environmental violations.
El Nido under close scrutiny for environmental violations. Photo Credit: Annime/GettyImages

Puyat said she has already recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the closure of non-compliant tourism establishments in El Nido, Palawan.

Philippine Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has warned that more resorts could be shut down unless environment laws are strictly followed.

Puyat said she has already recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the closure of non-compliant tourism establishments in El Nido, Palawan.

She said she had earlier written to the local government of El Nido urging them to address the environmental woes of the destination.

"The mayor of El Nido is coming (to Manila) and hopefully, she starts to listen to us, or else... my suggestion to the President is not to close El Nido, but to close only those facilities that are not compliant," Puyat said.

She noted that El Nido officials only replied to her notice when the issue was discussed fully on national television.

“I wrote to them twice and then nothing," she noted.

After the Boracay six-month shutdown (the island reopened in late October), the government looked out for environmental violators in major destinations in the country, and at the same time, pushed and advocated for sustainable tourism.

Puyat acknowledged that some municipalities and provinces have been self-policing, but "other mayors" were still stubborn in putting environmental laws in place.

She warned that President Duterte’s decision to close Boracay should serve as a reminder to all major tourist destinations in the country to start following local regulations and laws.


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