Controversial Resort Amid Bohol's Chocolate Hills Shut Down Amid Environmental Concerns

Authorities have recently made a decision that's stirred up quite a mix of emotions among locals and environmentalists alike: they've shut down a well-known resort nestled right in the heart of Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills. This closure comes after years of back-and-forth between environmental groups and concerned citizens who've been raising red flags about the resort's impact on this delicate ecosystem.

The resort has been drawing in tourists for over ten years with its stunning views and prime location. But right from the start, there was controversy brewing. Critics argued that building a resort smack in the middle of the Chocolate Hills was a recipe for trouble, threatening the very ecosystem that makes this place so special.

Environmental experts have been sounding the alarm bells about the damage the resort's construction could do: erosion, disruption of habitats, and pollution concerns have all been on the table. Despite these warnings, the resort kept its doors open, attracting visitors from near and far who wanted a taste of Bohol's natural beauty.

However, recent events have pushed authorities to take action. After a thorough investigation into the resort's impact on the environment, government officials decided to pull the plug on the operation. Predictably, reactions to the decision have been mixed. Some are cheering for the move, seeing it as a win for environmental protection, while others are lamenting the loss of a beloved tourist spot.

Maria Dela Cruz, Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), stressed the importance of safeguarding Bohol's natural treasures. She emphasized that closing the resort was a necessary step to ensure the long-term health of the Chocolate Hills ecosystem.

On the other side of the fence, representatives from the resort are expressing disappointment and concern about the closure's effects on their employees and the local economy. They're pledging to work with authorities to address any environmental issues and explore ways to potentially reopen in the future.

This closure is more than just a blip on the radar; it's part of a larger conversation about finding a balance between tourism development and environmental preservation in the Philippines. As Bohol continues to attract visitors worldwide, the challenge remains in promoting sustainable practices that protect the region's natural wonders for generations to come.

Image Courtesy from The Captain’s Peak Garden and Resort Facebook Page


Governor Aris Aumentado, in an official statement, said that they have "already addressed the issue about the resort development at the Chocolate Hills area in September 2023.”

"The Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Evnrionemt has conducted an investigation and submitted its report and recommendation. As stewards of the province, we cannot let this go on,” Aumentado said.

The governor stated further that they have asked DENR and PAMB to change its policy to the point that any development within the Chocolate Hills area that is not consistent to Bohol’s UNESCO designation as a global geopark should be disallowed. 

“We will elevate this to the Secretary of the DENR for clear guidance and direction,” Aumentado added. 

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