Environmental Practices Training
The Be G.R.E.E.N. (Guard, Respect, Educate El Nido) training program, in place since 2007, trains all staff on: ecological waste management; water, energy, and biodiversity conservation; and environmental laws. To encourage the staff to apply what they’ve learned in the seminars, “Pa-Berdehan: The El Nido Resorts Eco Challenge,” a company-wide competition for environmentally friendly initiatives, was established in 2007. Since then, innovative work practices have been developed and implemented, such as patronizing cooking oil retailers with reusable containers (initiated by the Purchasing department), and limiting the running time of air conditioning units without sacrificing guest comfort (initiated by the Engineering department). The Environment Department conducts yearly Nature Interpretation training seminars for the Marine Sports Guides and other staff who wish to attend.
Guests are reminded and encouraged to conserve our natural resources. The company’s Environmental Code of Conduct called “Ten El-NiDos” is provided in each room to remind guests about the environmentally sensitive Protected Area and the appropriate behavior to ensure conservation. Guests are actively discouraged from touching the animals, whether on land or underwater. Collecting shells, corals, starfish, and other animals is not allowed and is specifically stated in our welcome message. Guests are likewise informed of the Conservation Fees that the Resorts collect and remit to the Protected Area Office. El Nido Resorts also strives to be an industry leader by creating opportunities to be studied by numerous tourism practitioners. By participating in various eco-events, we are able to share best practices for others to follow.