DILG says wa­ter dis­col­oration in El Nido needs sci­en­tific check

Palawan News - - EL NIDO - PALAWAN NEWS

De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) Un­der­sec­re­tary Epi­maco Dens­ing III said there is a need to “sci­en­tif­i­cally check” the dis­col­oration of the wa­ter in El Nido that might have been af­fected by oil dis­charges from mo­tor boats. “Ang gusto na lang natin tingnan, which is sci­en­tific is ‘ yong dis­col­oration ng tubig kasi may epekto yata sa tubig dahil sa lumal­abas na langis sa mga bangka,” Dens­ing said in his live so­cial me­dia broad­cast posted on Sun­day. He said sci­en­tific find­ings are needed to de­ter­mine what is caus­ing the wa­ter dis­col­oration, which can be seen on the beach. Dens­ing said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit (LGU) of El Nido and the res­i­dents have been very co­op­er­a­tive in en­sur­ing that en­vi­ron­men­tal law com­pli­ances are strictly en­forced. “Very co­op­er­a­tive ang mga tao dito pati sila mayor (Nieves Rosento). I think, sa ak­ing pananaw lang ano, baka hindi na­man kailan­gang is­ara ang El Nido. Disi­plinado po ang tao dito, ‘yong tinatawag nat­ing gov­er­nance ay na­susunod dito. La­hat ng tao dito nakik­isama kung ano ang da­pat ayusin,” the DILG of­fi­cial said. Dens­ing noted that a mu­nic­i­pal lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cer in El Nido told him that the beach fronting Bacuit Bay was “not as clean as it is now in the past,” since struc­tures then were en­croach­ing in the ease­ment or sal­vage zone. He made sure in his live broad­cast that peo­ple watch­ing would see how the beach is clean now of un­wanted struc­tures. “Po­lit­i­cal will po ‘yan. Nag­mula ‘yan kay Pres­i­dente (Ro­drigo) Duterte, sa mga ahen­sya ng gob­y­erno, at nararam­daman ‘ yan ng at­ing mga lokal na opisyales kaya sila ay sumusunod. In other words, sim­ple lang na­man ang gusto ni Pres­i­dente Duterte – may batas tayo, sundin yan. Hindi puwe­deng kanya-kanya,” he pointed out. He said he was happy to see how El Nido has changed since the crack­down on es­tab­lish­ments vi­o­lat­ing the law on ease­ment zone was im­ple­mented. Dens­ing added they also vis­ited the beach area in Barangay Corong-Corong, El Nido, where 70 struc­tures used to breach the ease­ment zone, but now, only 11 have not de­mol­ished. “Yong 11 humingi lang nang ilang araw na palugit para tang­galin iy­ong kani­lang mga struc­tures. Nakakatuwa dahil nag­babago na rin ‘yong at­ing mga kababayan,” he said. What is needed, he stated, is for res­i­dents of El Nido to work to­gether with the LGU to main­tain the cur­rent state of the coastal ar­eas that have been freed of ob­struc­tions. He said the DILG is go­ing around fa­mous tourism sites in the coun­try to make sure that lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties are do­ing their jobs in im­ple­ment­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal laws. “Alam niyo po ang El Nido will have a very good fu­ture in terms of tourism devel­op­ment. Na­bang­git ko nga kay mayor na, ‘mayor wag niyo lang kalimu­tan na i-de­velop ang El Nido… du­mami ang tur­ista, pero wag din kalimu­tan na da­pat ang tao din ay mag-benepisyo sa paglago ng ekonomiya. Sa dami ng tur­is­tang pumupunta dito, da­pat wala ng mahi­hi­rap,” he said. On Novem­ber 28, En­vi­ron­ment Sec. Roy Cimatu, Tourism Sec. Ber­nadette Ro­mulo-Puyat, DILG Sec. Ed­uardo Año and other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are vis­it­ing El Nido to hold a di­a­logue about the clean-up drive with lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

In this file photo taken by Palawan News a few months ago, heavy equip­ment from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment can be seen help­ing the El Nido LGU in the re­moval of struc­tures that in­fringed on the ease­ment zone.

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