Two resort properties in El Nido, located in northern Palawan, made it to the Condé Nast Traveler’s 12th annual Green List. The resorts, sister properties on Miniloc and Lagen Islands, were recognized for their efforts to protect the environment.
… these two resorts have taken a leading role in protecting the area’s greatest assets—its coral reef and marine and forest habitats—by helping to secure governmental protection, collaborating on scientific studies, and planning low-impact development and activities. Every staff member, from gardener to dive guide, has taken classes in ecology, geology, and history.
According to Marigo Laririt, environment manager of the El Nido resorts, the recognition by the international travel magazine, is “a validation of our triple bottom-line approach (environmental bottom line, corporate social responsibility, financial bottom line) and a culmination of all our efforts.” The resorts also seek to educate their guests by providing information about their natural surroundings, including the names of local fauna.
This is an honor and a pat on the back for the management of the two resorts. It shows that eco-tourism can indeed be profitable. Other resorts and towns elsewhere in the Philippines will do well to emulate them. Congratulations to Miniloc and Lagen Resorts!