Darlan Palencia Barcelon
Sorsogon City, [04.30.15] – The members of Sangguniang Panglalawigan ng Sorsorgon [Provincial Board] has unanimously passed a provincial resolution on Monday declaring a foreign blogger as a persona non grata, Provincial Board Member Eric O. Ravanilla told The Philippine Examiner today.
According to Ravanilla he authored the resolution and was unanimously supported by his colleagues in the Provincial Board to protect the tourism industry of Donsol, Sorsogon who provide livelihoods for the stakeholders of the local tourism, he said.
Nathan Allen has unfairly insulted the tourism icon of Sorsogon and I can not let that he will just besmirch the reputation of Donsol as the Whale shark capital of the world through blog, Ravanilla explained.
“It is unacceptable for all of us here in the province that he will post his rant on a blog after he failed to get his desired accommodations from the local government unit of Donsol when he visited the municipality, as a visitor he is expected to respect and observe local norms and traditions” the board member quipped.
As I read his post in a social media, he threatened to destroy the local tourism industry with the long lists of comments from his post, that is why we decided to do so, and we furnished copies to ALMASOR, US Embassy and the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation for their perusal about Mr. Allen’s status in the province of Sorsogon, Ravanilla ended.
Nathan Allen visited Donsol this month without proper coordination with the Municipal Tourism Office. Because of this, he failed to get assistance from the tourism desk of some other potential spots for snorkeling, Allen posted his blog entitled “I Dreamed of This”
Because of this post made by Allen, the Department of Tourism Regional Director Maria Ong-Ravanilla has categorically demanded from Nathan Allen’s public apology for his online ranting against the Department of Tourism and the Donsol Municipal Tourism Office.
Allen also dropped the name of Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda after his misadventure in Donsol. He was accompanied by a certain Jao, who heads the Social Media group of Governor Salceda.