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After receiving negative comments from the public, the planned Nickelodeon theme park in Coron, Palawan is still a go according to Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo.

In an interview, Teo said that the project is “pushing through” and the owner of Nickelodeon gave assurance that the 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,’” DOT secretary said.

Environmental advocates and even netizens are still opposing the said project worrying that this will destroy the world-famous marine ecosystem.

An online campaign entitled “No to Nickelodeon’s Underwater Theme Park in Palawan” posted at Bataris.org.ph is still making rounds in the social media. As of this writing, the online petition has already amassed over 200,000 signatures.

Viacom International Media Networks, which owns Nickelodeon and the company behind the famous Spongebob Squarepants said earlier this year that the project “advocates ocean protection.”

We’re still hoping that you’ll look further into this, DOT. And don’t forget that #CoronIsNotBikiniBottom.

[Manila Bulletin]

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