Be en­vi­ron­ment com­pli­ant, DENR urges El Nido of­fi­cials, res­i­dents

Palawan News - - TOWNS - By Bella Mu­tia Cor­re­spon­dent

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) re­gional of­fice has chal­lenged res­i­dents and mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment of­fi­cials of El Nido to com­ply with en­vi­ron­men­tal laws to pre­vent a sce­nario like Bo­ra­cay. “All th­ese things that your lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive is im­ple­ment­ing now are part of fol­low­ing the man­date of our na­tional laws, so kailan­gan sundin ninyo po ‘ yan up­ang hindi kayo mat­u­lad sa Bo­ra­cay,” Henry Ador­nado, DENR-MI­MAROPA re­gional di­rec­tor said. Ador­nado is­sued the chal­lenge dur­ing the cul­mi­na­tion of the month-long cel­e­bra­tion of the 20th year of ex­is­tence of the El Nido-Tay­tay Man­aged Re­source Pro­tected Area (ENTMRPA) on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30. Ador­nado cited the ef­forts of El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento to safe­guard the en­vi­ron­ment of El Nido. “Atin pong dadal­hin at ipa­paalam sa nasyu­nal ang in­y­ong mga ma­g­a­gan­dang pro­grama at gi­na­gawa dito para sa ka­likasan,” Ador­nado said. Ear­lier, Tourism Sec­re­tary Ber­nadette Ro­mulo-Puyat chided El Nido of­fi­cials for not re­ply­ing to the two let­ters she sent call­ing their at­ten­tion to en­force sustainable tourism laws and the ease­ment zone clean-up. Rosento said they are do­ing their best to com­ply with the ease­ment zone pol­icy, the lo­cal or­di­nance against sin­gle-use plas­tics, and the strict mon­i­tor­ing against tour boats that dis­card waste ma­te­ri­als into the sea. While she ad­mit­ted hav­ing difficulty to im­ple­ment some en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies, Rosento re­minded tour boat op­er­a­tors, travel and tour agen­cies, the busi­ness sec­tor, and other stake­hold­ers that they have the “shared re­spon­si­bil­ity” to call the at­ten­tion of their staff and per­son­nel against ocean waste dump­ing that could ruin El Nido’s ter­res­trial and marine en­vi­ron­ments. “Hindi sapat ang at­ing mga gi­na­gawa, we need more shared val­ues. Iba­lik natin ang at­ing bayani­han sys­tem up­ang ma­g­awa natin ang mga tamang paraan [nang pag-iin­gat] sa ka­likasan,” she said.

DENR Ex­ec­u­tive Re­gional Di­rec­tor Henry Ador­nado graces the month long ac­tiv­ity of ENTMRPA pro­gram held in Mu­nic­i­pal Cov­ered Court, El Nido

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