MANILA -- The Department of Interior and Local Government said Thursday it was "watching" the tourist islands of Panglao and Coron for a possible cleanup similar to Boracay.
Authorities are awaiting action from Tourism Sec. Berna Romulo-Puyat, Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu and Interior Sec. Eduardo Año on an "internal recommendation" to close Bacuit Bay and Corong-Corong Outfall in El Nido, Palawan, said DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya.
"I think the message of Boracay was received by all mayors that do you want this fate to happen to your tourist destination? So shape up," Malaya said.
"They know the national government is watching over them," he said.
The algae in Bacuit Bay is worse than that of Boracay Island, before it was shuttered for a 6-month rehabilitation last year, DILG Usec Epimaco Densing III said in previous report.
The El Nido estero recorded a fecal coliform level of 3.4 million most probable number per 100 milligrams of water, exceeding the 100-MPN threshold for safe swimming, Densing said.
Human feces, he said, was floating in the creek.