What worked for Boracay may not yield similar results in Baguio City.
On this note, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said it is not keen on shutting down Baguio City to tourists for environmental rehabilitation.
“Baguio is still Baguio, pupuntahan pa rin kayo ng mga tao,” DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said (http://northboundasia.com/2018/10/21/denr-not-keen-on-closing-baguio-for-rehab-like-boracay/).
Instead, Cimatu said the DENR could help address some environmental issues in the city, touted as the country’s summer capital.
He explained rehabilitation is a process that will take time. The environmental rehabilitation in Boracay took six months.
Presently, he noted Baguio has several no-build zones and areas with inadequate sewerage systems.
But such issues can be addressed while tourists continue to visit the place, he said.
“We will gladly be with you in giving support in terms of technical and advises based on experiences para naman ma-save the very purpose of Baguio,” he said.
Earlier, Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the issues of a final garbage disposal facility is being addressed by the city government.
Domogan also cited various ordinances, programs and initiatives that address air pollution and sewerage in the city.