DENR names El Nido violators

 

Moving on with its crackdown on erring establishments in tourists in destinations in the region, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) today serves notices to vacate to 32 establishments in barangays Buena Suerteand Masagana in El Nido, Palawan.

The following were given notices to vacate and self-demolish portion/s of their businesses encroaching on the three-meter easement zones - Amigo’s Inn, Angel Nido, Angel Wish, Caalan Beach Resort, Cadlao Resort, Cadlao Resort Extension, Café Athena, Chilysk, El Nido Beach Resort, El Nido Botique Art and Café, El Nido Garden, El Nido Reef Strand Resort, Golden Monkey, Hidden Beach Resort, Hadefe Beach Resort, Isla Expeditions, Jarace Grill, Kalinga Beach Resort, La Salanganne, Lally and Abet Extension, Linda Leona Store, Mezzanine El Nido, Nido Bay Inn, Organic Spa, Palawan Pawnshop, Prince’s, Relucio Inn, Rosanna’s Pension, Shorepass Lodge, Sonny Sails, The Nest, and TTD Store.

DENR MIMAROPA Legal Division Chief Atty. Gandhi Flores, who signed and served the notices explains, “this is just the first wave of notices we will serve. In the coming days, we shall serve similar notices to establishments and households illegally built on timberland.”

The notice to vacate cites establishment owners for violation of the three-meter easement zone in urban areas provided in the Water Code of the Philippines and National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 and Proclamation No. 32, series of 1998, both of which prohibit the occupation, utilization, and construction of any structure in a protected area like El Nido.

DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Natividad Bernardino, expressed appreciation for those who cooperated. “We understand this is a difficult process, but you made it easier because of your cooperation.”

She also appealed to those who doubt or oppose the clean-up, “we need to follow the laws. The changes we are doing in El Nido now is for the long-term benefit of everyone.”

News

 

PANGAPAT

DENR apprehends driver transporting dead wildlife

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Puerto Princesa City, together with the Philippine National Police, apprehended today the driver of an unplated elf truck carrying dead marine turtles and pangolins while passing through a security checkpoint station in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes.

Officials of CENRO PPC's Regulation and Enforcement Unit assigned in the station identified the driver as Joshue A. Calinog, who was also found to have an unlicensed .38 caliber pistol.

Palawan’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felizardo Cayatoc said Calinog was driving the truck loaded with 21 pangolins which scales were removed and then frozen; and 16 marine turtles (one green and 15 hawksbill), which intestinal parts were also removed and with only their heads and shells left intact. Pangolins and sea turtles are endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Authorities reported that the truck was from Roxas town. They have questioned Calinog but he had kept mum about the species. The driver was turned over to the police, while the wildlife species were brought to Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for proper documentation.

As this develops, DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Henry Adornado has instructed the PENRO and CENRO concerned to coordinate with the authorities for the immediate filing of appropriate charges against the offender in view of the provisions of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and other laws. He also instructed all regional and field personnel to be more vigilant and intensify monitoring operations to track down and prevent unscrupulous individuals or groups from harming nature and wildlife.

“It was clear from the President’s State of the Nation Address. Protection of the environment must be our top priority. It will be a long journey and we are certain we will face a lot of challenges ahead. But we are more than ready to heed the call. Strategic measures are already in place and we are closely working with other agencies to strictly implement environmental laws and improve our operations. We can assure the public that we, at the DENR, uphold the welfare of our environment and natural resources above all else,” he said. ###

Photo Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources celebrated its 31st founding anniversary at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (Amphitheater) on July 4, 2018.

Themed “Ikaw, ako, tayo ang kalikasan,” the celebration aims to remind everyone his/her own duty to protect the environment and conserve the natural resources.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s pronouncement in his third State of the Nation Address

DENR MIMAROPA, partner groups cleanup Calapan coastline; share commitment to end plastic pollution

Other Links

  • office-of-the-president

  •   
  • official-gazette