By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has committed to ensure that ecological, social, economic and human interests are factored in during the evaluation of the Nickelodeon theme park project in Coron, Palawan.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu however admitted that the DENR, including the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), has not yet received any formal communication from any project proponent about the proposed building of Nickelodeon underwater theme park.
“We are, however, trying to find out the specifics of this supposed project even as we await the formal receipt of the said proposal,” Cimatu said.
He ensured that the DENR will consult with key stakeholders in the conduct of a thorough inquiry regarding the proposed project.
In an anticipatory and participatory approach, “I have directed the DENR bureaus on Biodiversity Management, Environmental Management and the Region 4B (Mimaropa) office, together with the PCSD, in close coordination with the Department of Tourism, the local government units, the Tagbanuas and their council of elders and other key stakeholders, to undertake an inquiry into this proposed plan, so that at the outset we can ensure that we continue to conserve and protect this last bastion of coastal biodiversity in Palawan,” Cimatu said.
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