Gov’t OKs closure of El Nido’s problem areas
El Nido would see the three-month closure of its four barangays identified as problem areas . The “selective closure” decision was issued by the regional Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) after identifying these areas “where majority of the non-compliant establishments are located.” Among the problems present here are “incomplete sewerage treatment plants, non-compliance with environmental regulations, and the worsening water quality in Bacuit Bay.”
The environmental problems persist despite the purge in El Nido which started earlier in 2018, triggered by Boracay’s tourism woes that led to its six-month total closure. In the El Nido cleanup plan, the national government has ordered a moratorium on the issuance of permits to new establishments until the carrying capacity study for the town is finished. The regional DENR chief will discuss this move with the newly elected town mayor sometime this August.
Iwahig farm to offer more attractions soon
The management of Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF) is assessing potential tourist sites for development inside its property . They are particularly looking at opening a potential recreational fishing area in Montible, and rehabilitating a forest in Sta. Lucia that can be a site for birdwatching as it serves as home to the charismatic Philippine cockatoo. Relatedly, firefly watching along Iwahig River will be re-opened and managed by a private investor. On one hand, the City Tourism Office plans to include IPPF’s American era facilities in the city’s heritage tourism sites package which it will soon develop and promote . The IPPF management, meanwhile, assures of tourists’ safety when visiting the farm.
Palawan places 2nd in World’s ‘Top 15 Islands’
Palawan has landed on the second spot of Travel+Leisure magazine’s “Top 15 Islands in the World” list for 2019 . Readers of the travel magazine gave Palawan a score of 90.87% or higher from last year’s 90.04% when it ranked sixth. Travel+Leisure attributed this feat to the province’s “top-notch reef and wreck diving, white-sand beaches, hiking trails with waterfalls and welcoming locals,” and five-star accommodations. Recently, Palawan grabbed the eight place in travel website Lonely Planet’s 2019 list of the 10 best places to visit in the Asia Pacific. The provincial government said its tourism office will “work harder” to claim the top spot next year.