DENR to relocate informal settlers living along El Nido coasts
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it is now pushing for the relocation of informal settler families who have built houses along the coasts of El Nido, which is one of the many protected areas in Palawan, as well a world famous tourism destination.
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that the local government has now issued a final notice to vacate to 24 families who have built houses along Corong Corong Beach in El Nido.
“We are working closely with the local government to ensure that the relocation site for these informal settler families is prepared as soon as possible,” Cimatu said.
The statement showed that the houses of the informal settlers are built on stilts and sit directly above waters of Corong Corong Bay.
Local DENR officials said that the houses do not have toilets and they dispose of their wastes directly into the sea.
“You can smell the stench in that area. These activities have a significant effect to the water quality in the immediate area around the houses. Aside from the fact that they do not have toilets, they are also encroaching on the easement zone, so we hope to move them to a new location soon,” Cimatu said.