MANILA – Waste management protocols at tourist destinations must be strictly monitored and implemented even when most tourism operations are at a standstill, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Thursday.
DOT issued the call following the DOT Region 11 coastal cleanup initiative, dubbed “Scubasurero: Stand Up, Save Our Reefs,” which collected more than 300 kilograms of trash from the island’s waters. from Samal to Davao del Norte.
In a statement, the DOT said that the pandemic has highlighted the importance of sustainable tourism, protection of the environment is one of its main pillars.
“Public compliance with waste management protocols will help keep our waters clean, protect its rich marine life and ensure its beauty is preserved for generations to come,” he said.
Through its “Save our Spots (SOS)” campaign, a culture of sustainable tourism is promoted by engaging tourists in responsible travel and involving more people in taking action for the preservation of natural wonders.
“While the Department is pleased that these water destinations, among many others, continue to attract visitors, the Department of Transportation has also appealed to tourists and residents to maintain cleanliness and leave only trash in designated places,” the Department of Transportation said. (NAP)