ECO-TOURISM IS THE GOLDEN GOOSE

ECO-TOURISM IS THE GOLDEN GOOSE of rural Philippines.

Article in rappler.com: Ecotourism can provide sustainable livelihood to Filipinos

Tourism brings the most economic value of all service industries to the provinces fortunate enough to have unique or special appeal. Palawan, Bohol, Aklan (for Boracay), Mindoro (for Puerto Galera) come to mind. I remember learning that the Department of Tourism, back in 2011, estimated that the average expenditure, per day, of a visitor to Palawan was P3,500. That included airfare, lodging, food, souvenirs, and tours.

Article in inquirer.net: El Nido beach tests positive for coliform

I recall having a conversation with the Vice-Mayor of El Nido about this. Yes, he said, they’re not going to repeat the mistakes of Boracay.

But they are.

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: excerpt from the article linked above

“The sewer lines from houses and establishments are directly emptying into the beach of El Nido. I was literally jumping over stench-filled canals,” Acosta said.

Laboratory examination of water samples from Bacuit Bay exceeded tolerable limits of pollutants, he added.

The evident cause of beach pollution in El Nido, Acosta observed, is the absence of a proper drainage system in the municipality.

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What’s wrong with the locals? Don’t they realize they’re killing the golden goose?