He does not forbid swimming in Panglao, the beaches of El Nido
On Friday, the Ministry of Tourism (DoT) found "high levels" of colognes on the beaches of Panglao in Bohol and El Nido in Palawan and blamed it for the negligence of local bosses.
Tourism Minister Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the dangers of catching coliform bacteria, tourists and locals are forbidden to swimming at Alon Beach and Buena Suerte Beach.
In the quality by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Panglao Alon gave a colony number of 16,000 most likely numbers (mpn) while Buena Suerte in El Nido had 1,300 mpn.
DENR said that normal beach water quality was 100 mnn, while pools usually have 400 mvn. Registering above the level of -1,000 mn is risky.
Puyat told reporters in a text message that the presence of such bacteria indicated contamination, local executives "were supposed to implement a policy without swimming on the beaches because it is not good for the health of tourists".
"Local mayors should begin to carry out strict and strict measures, otherwise they would be forced to close these beaches for rehabilitation," Puyat said.
The head of tourism, however, has assured local authorities and the public that Panglao and El Nido will not be completely closed for rehabilitation, unlike Boracay, which President Rodrigo Duterte described as "dirt" in April, which led to a six-month closure. The world-famous tourist destination is reopened on October 26th.
The ban on swimming will be abolished after a reduction in the amount of wagon volume based on the results of tests conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on water quality every 15 days.
Puyat said the government also received other complaints about the sad state of the environment of several resorts, namely La Union, Baguio, Puerto Galera, Coron and Siargao.
"We also started to assess the situation in those places," she said. NEIL JAYSON N. SERVALLOS