The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has said that despite the spotlight being on the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, work on improving other popular tourism sites after Boracay is ongoing.
“This is the best time to build on what we have done in Boracay. Right now, we are working with different tourism sites like El Nido (Palawan), Panglao (Bohol), Siargao (Surigao del Norte), Puerto Gallera (Mindoro),” said DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Juan Miguel T. Cuna.
The statement was issued during the turnover ceremony for the appointment of the new DENR executive director of Western Visayas.
“Nothing is impossible”
Cuna said that despite the rehabilitation work requiring significant resources, the plans for Manila Bay can be achieved through strong national government support.
“The rehabilitation of Manila Bay will forsake a lot of time and effort (but) if the national government is fully behind like what we saw here in Boracay, nothing is impossible,” he said.
For his part, the newly-installed DENR-Western Visayas Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. called on the department’s local workers to continue the momentum gathered from the successful rehabilitation of Boracay Island.
“The image and moral ascendancy of our department has never been better than today. I appeal and ask for more than 100% cooperation and support as I begin my responsibility as the head of this department,” said Milla in his speech.