Management of the Tubbataha Reef and Natural Park is optimistic that they will receive the payment for the damage caused by an American military ship before the year ends.

Angelique Songco Park Manager of the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) said that that the compensation amounting to P87 million is now with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Of the total amount, P54 million will be used for the protection and rehabilitation projects of the marine park, Songco said.

Meanwhile, the TMO is happy about the recent recognition it received from an American travel website.

The website cited Tubbataha as the top place to visit in the world.

“This proves that we are doing our job of managing the protected area,” Songco said adding that “there is still a lot of work to do to maintain its status as a top tourist destination.”

The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the middle of Sulu Sea. The marine and bird sanctuary consists of two huge atolls and the smaller Jessie Beazley Reef covering a total area of 97,030 hectares.

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