With the impact of the humongous amount of plastics polluting our lands and waters, a lot of environmental efforts are being made to help maintain and preserve the natural beauty of our amazing sites.

Boracay is in the process of rehabilitation (that will be due on October), Sumilon Island in Cebu limited the tour dates on the island and scheduled regular rehabilitation days.

El Nido, Palawan is following their footsteps. If you’re planning on visiting El Nido on your next trip, prepare packed food and leave no trace behind.

The Philippine Coast Guard, in partnership with El Nido’s boat captains and crews recently launched their newest project that bans all kinds of plastic in their boat and island tours. This means tourists should pack their things with reusable bags, lunch boxes, and other recyclable materials.

The notice was posted in a signage captured by Nature Arts Travels and Tours.

“Starting September 1, 2018, all kinds of plastics, especially bottled water are no longer allowed to be brought in all boats and tours. Please use alternatives like tumblers and advise this notice to your future guests,” the signage reads.

Captains and tourists are encouraged to pick up trash to maintain a greener El Nido.

Effective last September 1, plastic bottles and other kinds of plastics are to be confiscated before boarding the boats. People can still transfer their drinks into their own containers before proceeding with the tour.

Although, water in plastic bottles bought in the island can also be transferred to personal containers of the tourists.

El Nido Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Commander Leonides Echague mentioned to an article by Primer that there has been a significant change to the plastic waste on the island in less than a week after its implementation.

With changes like this, we can create a ripple effect that may motivate other groups to contribute and take part in change as well. So if you’re going to El Nido anytime soon, you might as well participate and adopt this change in your future travels.

 

Are you in favor of this new policy? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

 

 
 
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