DOT inspects Cebu tour spots

DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DOT) 7 Director Shalinar Hofer Tamano yesterday said the agency is closely working with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to correct violations of tourist spots that have caused pollution.

Tamano said that DENR 7 Director Gilbert C. Gonzales told that they had issued notices of violations against erring owners of resorts and tourist destinations.

The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is DENR’s implementing arm for the Clean Air Act, both in the private and government sectors.

“Helping the DENR in preventing pollution in tourist destinations and at the same time promoting tourism is the marching order for us in Region 7 by DOT Secretary Wanda Teo,” Tamano said.

Tamano said Teo was in Cebu to attend the inspection of Terminal 2 of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), now under concession for 25 years by GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) starting in 2014.

Teo also accompanied DOT 7 officials in inspecting the tourist spots in Mactan Island and Panglao in Bohol to make sure that these areas will not be like Boracay Island, which is the subject of a closure order by the government because of pollution. (EOB)