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LGU warns to shut down 11 establishments in Corong-Corong, El Nido

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 10:35 AM


Establishments in El Nido, Palawan | UNTV Drone

PALAWAN ISLAND, Philippines – The local government of El Nido has identified 68 establishments that are violating the policy on three-meter easement zone in Corong-Corong village.

So far, 11 of these structures have yet to comply with the order to self-demolish ahead of the deadline on Friday (November 23).

“Kailangan tapusin nila within 7 days ang demolition nila and then after na hindi nila matapos we will issue closure order,” said El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento.

The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) observed minor violations in several establishments during their inspection in Corong-Corong on Monday (November 19).

They have asked the business owners to comply with the requirements.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rosento defended the 3-meter easement zone they are implementing.

He argued that the 25+5 easement zone policy implemented in Boracay Island is not applicable to their urban town.

The DENR has been studying the matter.

“Ito ang PD 1067 na if you are in urban areas 3-meter easement from the highest water mark in 20 meters if you are not in urban areas,” Rosento said.

“We need to look at it kung ano ang basis ng kanilang kino-contest na easement but of course we will impliment kung ano ang batas dun tayo lalagay,” explained DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.

Rosento also assured that problems in sewerage and wastewater in El Nido are being addressed, adding that they have started to construct and install a main pipeline for all establishments in 2016.

Business owners have also been warned of permit revocation if they fail to meet the requirement to have a 3-layer septic tank and connect it to the main pipeline.

Rosento said that so far, 600 establishments have complied.

He added that the water quality in El Nido has passed the standard in fecal and coliform content.

 “Mayroon kaming 2 siphoning machine. Iyong 1st chamber, iyong may mga kasamang sludge, iyon ang dini- dislodge natin. We have the treatment facility also na may capacity na 20-40 cubic meter per day. We are upgrading into to 80-100 cubic meter per day capacity ito na iyong 3 years na starting 2016, 2017 and 2017 ito yung nakakaano kung bakit nami-maintain namin ang aming water quality na hindi tumaas ang aming fecal and coliform (content). Sa 14 monitoring stations we pass 13,” the mayor said. – Grace Casin

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Malacañang: No need to issue executive order for Panglao, El Nido rehabilitation

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 04:56 PM


Aerial shot of Panglao, Bohol | UNTV Drone

PALAWAN, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will not issue an executive order to shut down the islands of Panglao in Bohol and El Nido in Palawan to give way to rehabilitation efforts.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, this was agreed during the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (December 4).

“On the rehabilitation of Panglao Island in Bohol and El Nido in Palawan, the Cabinet agreed that there is no need to issue an executive order,” Panelo said.

Unlike Boracay island which was ordered totally closed for six months for rehabilitation, Panglao and El Nido islands will remain open amid rehabilitation works.

The government is preparing for more clean-up efforts after inspecting El Nido last week. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Reduced tour size, stricter policy over small, big lagoons take effect in El Nido

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 26 November 2018 09:56 AM





El Nido Lagoon in Palawan


PALAWAN ISLAND, Philippines – After days of dry run, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has begun limiting the number of tourists entering the small and big lagoons in El Nido.

Entry to the small lagoon is limited only to 40 persons on 20 kayaks for every 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, entry to the big lagoon is limited only to 80 tourists on a total of 40 kayaks for every one hour and 30 minutes.

Prior to entry, tourists must secure first a permit from DENR’s Protected Area Management Office (PAMO). From there, they will be given small flags that indicate their batch or travel time.

Tourists embark and disembark at the outside entrance of the lagoons. They may rent a kayak at P200 each or they may prefer to swim in order to enter the lagoons.

Each lagoon is manned by DENR park rangers and coast guard personnel who ensure that the policies are strictly followed.

Cooking, littering and bringing in intoxicating liquor is strictly prohibited in any part of the island.

From their observation, El Nido-Taytay PAMO Assistant Superintendent Carolyn Esmenda said the dry run have been successful except for delays as some tour batches did not launch on time.

Several tourists were no longer allowed entry due to time constraint.

“When we came there around 11 o’clock, medyo maraming tao sa loob ng small lagoon. Nakita natin ang ilang mga factor na nagcontribute nito. Ang iba tinatanong natin kung anong oras sila dapat, mas maaga sila but they came later so nagpatong patong ang ilang batches na dapat magkakahiwalay. Maybe hindi pa sila nasanay to wake up early and for the tourist (guides) also na ipunin ang kailang mga turista ng mas maaga,” Esmena explained.

But overall, Esmenda said all tour agencies adhered with the new policies.

The local government, meanwhile, is conducting an assessment of the situation to identify areas of improvement before it releases the final guidelines to be implemented over small and big lagoons and in other tourist destinations in El Nido. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

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LGU issues guidelines for tourists, business owners in El Nido

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 23 November 2018 05:40 PM

El Nido, Palawan | UNTV Drone


PALAWAN ISLAND, Philippines – The local government of El Nido has issued on Friday (November 23) to stakeholders the guidelines that should be followed on the course of the rehabilitation works in the tourist areas.

The guidelines are to ensure that residential and business establishments are compliant with environmental laws.

 The LGU has set stricter requirements for businessmen in order to renew their respective business permits in El Nido.

One of the primary requirements is for owners to secure first an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

But before acquiring an ECC, business owners must have in their structures a proper waste disposal facility as well as three chambers for septic tanks. The ECC is now being required to all establishment owners, regardless of how many rooms they have in their structures.

Establishment owners must also secure a document proving that their structure is not covered by the three-meter easement zone.

These are the important documents that businessmen must submit along with the usual requirements such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) certificate; certificate of occupancy; building permit among others.

El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento said they needed to impose stringent measures as directed by the national government specifically to ensure that all establishments abide by the Water Code and the Clean Air Act as well as the 3-meter Easement Zone Policy.

In addition to the paper requirements, the LGU also imposed new regulations when on the beachfront area.

Tables and chairs are no longer allowed at the beach front.

Likewise, tourists are no longer allowed to bring plastic bags or plastic bottles on boats going to tourist destinations.

Violators of the new regulations will be sanctioned accordingly while establishment owners will be banned from operating in El Nido.

On Friday (November 23), the LGU has begun limiting the number of visitors in small and big lagoons in the area.

Only 40 tourists are being allowed entry into the small lagoon and 20 kayaks for every 30 minutes.

In big lagoon, meanwhile, only 80 tourists are allowed and 40 kayaks for every 90 minutes.

Travel agencies with tour packages into the small and big lagoons must secure a permit first from DENR.

If the allowed capacity is already full, agencies may accept bookings for the next day. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)