After Boracay, DOT warns 5 tourist destinations

By CNN Philippines Staff

Following Boracay’s six-month closure for rehabilitation, the Department of Tourism issued a warning to other major destinations that they could be the next target.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on Friday revealed she had sent “love letters” to at least five major destinations: El Nido in Palawan, Panglao in Bohol, Oslob in Cebu, La Union, and Baguio City.

Puyat said the letters should serve as a gentle reminder to local government units and business establishments to strictly follow environmental laws.

Most of the warnings have to do with the failure to comply with the easement space for beachfront shorelines, Puyat said.

“Without us telling them, they’re following the easement. So that’s nice to know that a lot of them have already (done it) on their own voluntarily,” Puyat told foreign correspondents in a forum.

Some establishments within the 30-meter shoreline easement were demolished on Boracay during the island’s closure.

The world-famous tourist destination reopens on October 26 after a six-month clean-up and rehabilitation ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Puyat said other tourist destinations should comply with laws to avoid any shutdown.

“Actually, wherever I go, they always ask me, who’s next? And I always say, why wait?” Puyat said.

CNN Philippines’ David Santos contributed to this report.

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