The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is expanding its clean up drive on Palawan’s tourism destinations and is set to conduct inspections in San Vicente similar to what were conducted in Coron and El Nido.
Natividad Bernardino, DENR MIMAROPA regional director, told Palawan News she has directed their provincial personnel to undertake environmental law compliance inspections in the municipality, an emerging tourism destination.
“I instructed all PENROs (Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers) and CENROs (Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers) all over the region to do a similar inspection and clean-up drives in other tourist destinations within their respective areas of jurisdiction,” she said.
Bernardino noted in particular Port Barton in San Vicente town, which is “drawing more and more tourist in recent years.”
San Vicente has been experiencing a gradual rise in its tourist arrival in the last three years, according to its municipal tourism officer, Lucylyn Pangsagan.
“This 2018, we’re expecting to welcome 35,000 tourists,” Panagsagan told Palawan News.
PENRO Felizardo Cayatoc told Palawan News he will call a meeting next week with the concerned CENROs to plan a similar crackdown on their areas of coverage.
“We will look into all other areas in the province as per instruction from our higher office,” he said in a text message.