The Department of Tourism (DOT) calls for the stricter monitoring and implementation of waste management protocols in tourist destinations, following the successful coastal clean-up initiative of the DOT Region XI, dubbed “Scubasurero: Stand up, save our reefs,” which collected over 300kg of garbage in the waters of Samal Island, Davao del Norte.
As embodied in the DOT’s Save our Spots (SOS) campaign, creating a culture of sustainable tourism begins with engaging others on responsible travel and involving more people to act for the preservation of our natural wonders.
While the Department is pleased that these water destinations, among many others, continue to attract visitors, the DOT also appeals to tourists and residents alike to maintain cleanliness and only leave trash in designated locations only.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored the importance of sustainable tourism, with environmental protection as one of its major pillars. Compliance of the public with waste management protocols will help keep our waters clean, protect its rich marine life, and ensure its beauty will be retained for generations to come.
The DOT thanks its regional offices, other government agencies, members of the Philippine Coast Guard, and the private sector for their continuous efforts in conserving and protecting our natural resources.