MANILA, Philippines – After Boracay reopened its shores following a 6-month closure, another top tourist destination is up for rehabilitation.
In a press briefing on Wednesday, November 14, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat described El Nido, Palawan, as “overcrowded.”
Puyat said she noticed there were too many kayaks and boats, which resulted in pollution.
However, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu clarified that El Nido will not be closed to tourists.
Cimatu said they will only shut down establishments found to have been disregarding environmental laws and easement provisions.
Officials of the local government of El Nido said they are set to close 22 establishments due to various violations. – Rappler.com