Top News DOT works to boost resiliency of El Nido By TTG Asia / Posted on 10 March, 2021 14:00 The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) will endeavour to ensure the tourism resiliency of the country’s prime destination, El Nido in Palawan, through the full implementation of the Sustainable Tourism Development Project (STDP) this year. The announcement was made by tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat during a visit to El Nido on Friday (March 5). The project is a collaboration between the DOT, the Provincial Government of Palawan, the Municipalities of Coron and El Nido, and the Asian Development Bank. DOT’s STDP programme aims to enhance resiliency of El Nido; Siete Pecados beach in El Nido pictured The tourism chief shared that the STDP, an initiative under the DOT’s Transforming Communities Towards Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Tourism (TouRIST) programme, aims to make El Nido’s tourism development more sustainable and inclusive. Projects will focus on making improvements to the town’s drainage; solid waste (landfill development); ecosystem-based tourism site management; as well as enterprise and skills development from 2021 to 2026. With the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country, Romulo-Puyat said that the DOT is optimistic that tourism workers in destinations like El Nido, Palawan will be prioritised in the government’s vaccination programme, after medical frontliners and senior citizens.