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No Boracay 2.0: Duterte won’t close down Panglao, El Nido for rehab- Palace


By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte will not issue an executive order for the closure of Bohol’s Panglao Island and Palawan’s El Nido.

“On the rehabilitation of Panglao Island in Bohol and El Nido in Palawan, the Cabinet agreed that there is no need to issue an Executive Order,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters on Wednesday.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on island destinations earlier enforced a no-swimming policy in two popular island destinations.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has been monitoring the water quality in two beach areas.

They found that Tawala 1 in Panglao and Buena Suerte in El Nido have high levels of coliform bacteria.