DENR threatens to evict El Nido timberland occupants

One of the informal settlers recieve her notice to vacate served by DENR personnel on Wednesday

El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento has expressed surprise at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) move to issue violation notices to some 79 establishments located around the town’s main tourist hub of Barangay Corong-Corong.

Rosento told Palawan News recently that the area the DENR has included in its target for clearing up is zoned under the municipality’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) as a “multiple use” area and that most of the establishments located there had land titles.

The DENR has given the establishment owners 30 days to present valid tenurial instruments on their property or face eviction, noting that most of Corong-Corong are classified as timberland.

DENR team continue to personally deliver the notice to vacate to informal settlers within the timberland in Sitio Cabigsing, Buena Suerte, one of them is Marlito Hinon and his family.

“Tayo ay nalulungkot dito, ngayon lang tayo na-inform ng DENR tungkol dito sa Corong-Corong. Sa katunayan, 90 percent ng nakatira dyan ay may mga titulo, mga luma pang titulo  na issued before 1935,” she said.

Rosento explained that there are buildings constructed in the place that was issued by the municipal government with building permits, and most of those are already there for a long time already.

“Meron talaga silang hawak na mga titulo. Even nga kami ay blinded tungkol dito na timberland ang sa may aplaya,” Mayor Rosento said.

She said that it was her assumption that only three meters easement will be applied in the area, but since it’s 40 meters timberlands easement, most of the structures will be affected.

She urged the DENR to find a “win-win” solution to the case.

“DENR should consider lalo na nitong mga mayroong titulo,” she said.

“Yung sa timberland area sa itaas ay alam namin yun na yun ay timberland talaga, pero itong sa aplaya ng Corong-corong ay ngayon lang natin nalaman,” she said.

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