Nickelodeon resort developers submit letter of intent to Coron gov't

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Developers of the controversial Nickelodeon resort in Palawan submitted Monday their official letter of intent to build a resort in Coron.

This comes amid complaints from environmentalists and concerned citizens, over the harm such a resort may inflict on Palawan's ecosystem.

Coron Mayor Ajerico Barracoso said Coral World Park Undersea Resorts and its partner, Nickelodeon's parent company Viacom International Media Networks, paid him a visit Monday to formalize their intent to build the undersea-themed attraction.

Photos of the developers' courtesy call -- led by Coral World Park Undersea Resorts Chairman and CEO Paul Moñozca -- are posted on the mayor's Facebook page.

Despite this, Barracoso underscored no definite details were tackled in the meeting.

Barracoso said while the government has acknowledged the letter of intent, nothing is set in stone.

"Sabi po nila puwede sa Busuanga, puwede sa Coron. Di pa po sila definite kung saan talagang eksaktong lugar dito sa Coron," he said.

[Translation: They said it might be in Busuanga, it might be in Coron. They're not sure where exactly in Coron it will be.]

He added the government will scrutinize all details before they approve the resort.

"Marami pa pong proseso, hindi na po ganun kadali yan. Siyempre magkakaroon tayo ng public hearing po. Of course nandiidiyan rin dadaan sa econ board dadaan sa PCSD (Palawan Council for Sustainable Development)," he said.

[Translation: There are a lot of steps; it's not that easy. Of course we'll have a public hearing. Of course we'll also run it through the econ board and the PCSD(Palawan Council for Sustainable Development).]

Barracoso said for now, the developers are still scouting for possible venues for the facility.

He added, the developers assured him no structures will be built underwater.

The resort has been the subject of controversy following reports it would include structures built underwater.

Environmental groups and netizens have also cried foul over the damage the supposed 400-hectare facility will cause to Palawan's pristine marine environment.

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In a previous statement, Coral World Park clarified earlier reports saying it would build underwater structures were misleading.

The company added the resort will center on conservation tourism and, when completed, will be the largest coral reef conservation program in Asia.

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