The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in El Nido has berated irresponsible boat owners and operators for discharging their wastes directly to the sea, which contributes to the pollution of the water in the town.
El Nido CENRO chief Pablo Cruz said tourist boats docked on the beach in front of the town are discharging human wastes into the bay, affecting its water quality.
He said that the problem can be addressed if the boats have their designated docking site.
Carolyn Esmenda, assistant protected area superintendent of the Protected Area Office (PAO), said that the boats used to dock in an area now occupied by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
But since the PPA has its own security regulations, it banned the docking of the tourist boats.
Aside from boats docked at the beachfront of the town proper, others are also moored in Barangay Corong-corong.
Ronald Lorenzo, owner of Mina Grande in Corong-Corong, said that these boats have increased in number since last year.
“Two years ago, hindi pa naman ganyan karami. Mas maganda kung meron silang iisang lugar lang na dinadaungan hindi yung basta-basta kahit saan lang nakadaong,” he said.
In a separate interview, Mayor Nieves Rosento said the municipal government has already allocated P4 million for the construction of a port in Corong-Corong and another P9.5 million in Barangay Buena Suerte from the 2017 Eco-Tourism Development Fund (ETDF).
Rosento said that the Tourism Industry Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA) also has a modular docking project in Corong-Corong.