The Community Environment and Natural Resource Office (CENRO) in the town of El Nido, Palawan has ordered Twin Beach, a private resort owned by Hidden Luxury Island, Inc., to allow public access in front of their property as the area is considered a public domain or area owned by the government. The order follows a report raised by Palawan News regarding complaints by tourists after security guards of the resort barred passage through the said beach area.
According to reports received by Palawan News, the people were prohibited to enter beyond the signage installed by the resort.
According to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felizardo B. Cayatoc then OIC CENRO of Taytay-El Nido, they have conducted a dialogue with the personnel of Twin Beach, together with the Local Government of El Nido and nearby communities, on the said matter.
PENRO Cayatoc said that Twin Beach property covers only the boundary marked by fences and that people must be allowed to use the beach area because it is no longer a private property.
“Walang Foreshore Lease na binigay d’yan sa Nacpan kaya part pa ‘yan ng easement o salvage zone,” Cayatoc said.
He further said that in El Nido the Foreshore Lease Agreement issued is for a location in Bgy. Corong-Corong.
Palawan News went to Nacpan on April 11 and noticed that the signage was now removed and the public are already enjoying the white sand beach.
In an interview of Palawan News with Romelyn dela Cruz, representative of Hidden Luxury Island, Inc. she said that they put a signage in the area because they are preventing squatters from claiming their property. She particularly mentioned the group of a certain “Mercader” who has already occupied some portions of the area.
The issue on squatting however shall be addressed by the local government unit of El Nido and the DENR.