The Department of Tourism (DoT) has denied that it approved plans for the construction of a Nickelodeon theme park in Palawan, reiterating that such facility must first secure crucial consent from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Palawan local government.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, in a statement from Japan where she is heading a 70-man private sector delegation to promote Philippine tourism, assured the Haribon Foundation and other environmental groups that the protection and enhancement of the environment will always be a paramount concern of the DoT.
Teo said her initial positive response to a proposed Nickelodeon theme park was part of her job to encourage investment in new Philippine tourism projects, adding that this did not at all signify that she was throwing her support behind the project.
She assured environmental groups of the DoT’s full support for tourism projects designed to protect and enhance the environment, as embodied in its six-year tourism development program approved by Malacanang recently.
Meanwhile, in a media conference in Puerto Princesa recently, Gov. Jose Alvarez expressed concerns about the theme park.
“Forget what Nickelodeon is saying because they are just teasing your imagination. There is no such plan. There is no application. And besides they will not be allowed to construct underwater. Is it not very clear?” Alvarez said.