DENR finds illegal lumber in El Nido hotels
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has uncovered widespread violation of environmental laws following a crackdown on commercial establishments in El Nido, Palawan for water pollution.
Task Force El Nido, an inter-agency structure created by DENR to clean-up Bacuit Bay in this resort town, reported that while checking businesses for compliance with environmental and easement zone regulations, it has also chanced upon illegally cut lumber being used in construction.
Some 400 board feet of ipil and bayuto appeared to have been kept for quite some time within the premises of Green Monkey Beach Resort in Barangay Maligaya.
The Task Force also apprehended another 320 board feet of ipil, which was being used to build Mutualla Hotel, owned by a certain Brigitte Bustamante in Sitio Marimegmeg, Barangay Corong-Corong.
Stumps of trees that were cut to clear the area under construction were also discovered.
The cutting of premium hard wood species such as ipil and bayuto is strictly prohibited under the Forestry Code of the Philippines, Executive Order 23 or the total log ban issued by President Benigno Aquino, and the National Integrated Protected Areas Act.