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Resort in Chocolate Hills has no DOT accreditation

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) stands firmly behind the preservation of Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, a UNESCO Global Geopark and a national treasure.

The DOT said it has been coordinating with the Provincial Government of Bohol, since August 2023, to rectify the unauthorized development at Captain’s Peak Resort within the Chocolate Hills area. 

The agency confirmed it has no record of giving the resort tourism establishment accreditation and has not received any such application.

Meanwhile, the DOT commended the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its swift action after issuing a temporary closure order.

The DENR launched a quick inspection of the resort that the DOT supported to ensure compliance. 

The tourism department echoes the Bohol Provincial Government’s position that such development contradicts the long-term sustainability of Chocolate Hills and should not be allowed.

The DOT maintains that sustainable development requires balancing economic growth with environmental and cultural protection.

“We urge all stakeholders, including government agencies, businesses, and local communities, to work together and prioritize sustainable tourism practices that safeguard our natural heritage,” the DOT said in its statement.

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