Coron tourism group says coliform has not affected town attractions

Kayangan Lagoon is where tour bancas enter and guests disembark to go to Kayangan Lake, which is located 4.5 kilometers from the Coron town proper. (Photo by Darayonan Lodge Facebook page)

The Calamianes Association of Tourism Establishments, Inc. (CATE) has sought to allay fears that the reported high level of coliform polluting the water of Coron Bay has affected the town’s island destinations.

CATE President Francisco P. Fernandez Jr. told Palawan News that the areas of Coron Bay that were reported to have high concentrations of coliform bacteria is far from the town’s tourist sites.

“The coliform-infested areas are those along the town’s shoreline, but this particular area is not where tourists or even locals swim. The tourist spots are all located several kilometers away,” Fernandez Jr. said.

The area in front of Coron Island’s Banol and Smith’s Point beaches, located approximately 5 kilometers from the Coron town proper. (Photo by Darayonan Lodge Facebook page)

“The news has not affected any of our bookings so far.  We are still enjoying good occupancy. We also have not had any cancellations yet due to statements released in media,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Coron municipal government has issued a similar statement to encourage tourists to continue patronizing the town.

“Coron’s tourism destinations remain safe for tourists to enjoy, primarily because all tourism destinations are located in scenic islands several miles away from the town proper,” Mayor Ajerico Barracoso said on Friday.

He said their Solid Waste Management Office, in cooperation with various stakeholders, has intensified its coastal-cleanup drive throughout the Poblacion and coastal areas.

Barracoso said the municipal government is seeking the national government’s help to provide a centralized Sewage Treatment Plant in the Poblacion area that would address their wastewater concern. He added that they are also working out the permanent relocation site and housing project for the estimated 4,500 affected families to clean out the coastal areas.

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