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Closure of 4 El Nido, Palawan Barangays Recommended

EL NIDO, PALAWAN – Four(4) barangays in El Nido are now faced with a call for closure in the pursuit of natural environment protection.

The pursuit to protect the natural environment is heightened now. Following the temporary closure of Boracay Island last year for the rehabilitation, a part of Palawan now is also recommended for closure.

Palawan is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. It is widely known not only in the country but as well as the whole world. In fact, the Subterranean River in Puerto Princesa is one of the seven(7) wonders of the world.

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Palawan is really a beautiful place. However, it seems that a part of it now is greatly affected by human activities.

El Nido, Palawan

Based on a recent report on ABS-CBN News, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is calling for the closure of four(4) barangays in El Nido, Palawan.

The reason for the call for closure is due to the alleged contamination of water with human waste. According to DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III, the closure would mean no water activities and swimming would be allowed.

Based on the report, the four(4) barangays recommended to be closed are in Bacuit Bay and one in Corong-Corong beach.

According to Densing, the algae in Bacuit Bay now is worse than the algae in Boracay Island before it was closed for rehabilitation. He said that the local government was already given six(6) months to rehabilitate.

For the call to be granted, there is a need for the approval of the environment departments and as well as the Department of Tourism.

As of this writing, there are still no further information regarding the matter. We’ll keep you posted for updates.

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