coron pic copyJune 2, 2017. Reacting to recent reports that Coral World Park Undersea Resorts, Inc., will push through with its underwater themed park in Coron, Palawan, DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Natividad Y. Bernardino said the agency still has to see pertinent papers of the resort. Bernardino stressed that permits and approval must be secured before the construction begins.

Bernardino believes that tourists flock Coron because of its natural attractions. The construction of the 100-hectarte themed park especially in a small town like Coron will impact its ecosystem and rich biodiversity. DENR MIMAROPA plans to hold consultation with stakeholders to ensure all views are taken into consideration.

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Wounded DENR employee gets honors, promotion

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu today personally handed Joselito Eyala a Certificate of Commendation at Room 640 in Philippine General Hospital where the latter is confined and awaiting surgery to remove bullets lodged in his palate and back.

Secretary Cimatu lauds Eyala, a forester at DENR Palawan, for his “remarkable dedication to public service, bravery, and leadership” when he and his team apprehended timber poachers and confiscated an unregistered chainsaw in Sitio Casicaan, Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa on August 23, 2017 at around 5:00 pm.

The owner of the chainsaw, Florante Saycon, retaliated by firing a homemade gun that hit Eyala at the back. Eyala sustained two gunshot wounds that rendered him unconscious.

When he regained consciousness, Eyala crawled into the Casicaan River and allowed the current to carry him for five hours. He then walked and crawled in the middle of the night until he was able to get help at around 1:00 am the following day.

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