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.”