By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
Despite strong opposition from the public and environment advocates, the construction of the controversial Nickelodeon theme park in Coron, Palawan will push through.
This was revealed by Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo in a TV interview.
“They’re going to pursue that,” Teo said.
The Tourism chief said the owner of the theme park gave assurance that corals would not be destroyed.
“The owner went to us… this year. They told us, ‘We are not going to destroy the corals. The restaurant will be floating, and you will be able to see [the corals]…. Of course we know that we will preserve the place,'” Teo added.
Early this year, the network behind popular television programs like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer announced it was planning to build an underwater resort and theme park in Palawan which will showcase the marine life in the area and give fans a chance to “interact with the brand and the iconic characters they love.”
But environmental advocates slammed the plan fearing it would destroy the world-famous marine ecosystem.
The developer assured that the project is not an underwater theme park but a “resort” designed “as an undersea attraction with an ocean conservation.”