By Jaime Pilapil | The Manila Times
To ensure ecological balance, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has vowed to push for strict implementation of environmental regulations in tourist areas.
“Many resorts are being constructed without proper planning so they oftentimes result in the destruction of the natural habitats of marine resources and depletion of fisheries and other marine animals. They should be strictly regulated because the ecological balance should be ensured and protected as we develop our tourist spots,” the vice presidential candidate said over the weekend in the City of Puerto Princesa in Palawan where he was the guest of honor and speaker of the city’s 144th founding anniversary and its “Balayong Festival.”
Palawan is home of the famous Underground River and it has been named by US travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler as the 2015 world’s best island for second straight year.
Marcos called on Palawan residents to join the campaign to preserve their tourist attractions.
“When it is clear to our people that our tourist sites are the source of their livelihood, you don’t need to tell them to protect the sites because they themselves will guard them and will make sure that no one will destroy these areas,” he said.
Marcos was a former governor of Ilocos Norte for three straight terms where he spearheaded programs that attracted local and foreign tourists aside from pioneering the construction of renewable and environment-friendly sources of energy like the windmills and the mini-hydro power plant.
The Ilocano lawmaker has been telling people during his sorties that tourism will spur economic development with dollar earnings and create businesses and jobs that cater to the needs of visitors to the country.
In developing tourist destinations, however, the next administration should build more ports and airports, roads to tourist sites, and ensure adequate, reliable and cheaper supply of electricity.