Up-and-coming tourist destination Port Barton in San Vicente town will soon face rehabilitation, a high ranking official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.

Henry Adornado, regional executive director of DENR, said Tuesday that Task Force San Vicente had already been created in partnership with the local government unit (LGU), Department of Tourism (DOT), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to prepare the town for its “rehabilitation” come early 2020.

“Nagbo-boom [sa tourism] ang San Vicente at ang kagandahan dito, nauna tayo before the development ng mga structures,” he said.

Adornado said that the rehabilitation program will follow the approach made to the three major tourist destinations namely El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Galera citing that plans were lined up during last week’s meeting with the LGU.

“We already finished demarcation and survey. We also partially issued notices to the establishments and residents,” he said.

Furthermore, Adornado lauded Palawan governor Jose Ch. Alvarez’s commitment to imposing strict environmental policies in San Vicente.

Governor Alvarez, the father of San Vicente mayor Amy Alvarez, said that he will extend the easement zone from 20 meters to 25 meters to pave way for demarcation set-forth by DENR.

Adornado said that the rehabilitation plan will be set in motion by 2020, however, no specific date was provided pointing out that the survey of San Vicente communities is still well underway.

“He [Governor Alvarez] promised to oblige the residents and businessmen to follow the implementation of the regulations. We will do what we have done with other areas,” he said.

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