The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Friday it is set to serve eviction notices to around 1,000 informal settlers and establishments found to be illegally encroaching the mangrove areas and coastal easements in Coron.
Leo Empleo, DENR senior forest management specialist, told Palawan News affected by the order are mostly residential houses built on stilts above the coastal fringes of Coron Bay including commercial and tourism-related establishments.
The DENR move comes in the heels of an ongoing clean-up campaign by the national government in El Nido to reclaim foreshore and timberland areas that have been occupied by business establishments.
“Mas marami itong sa Coron, at ito na ang isusunod pagkatapos sa El Nido,” he said.
Aside from the residential houses built on stilts, Empleo noted that among the violators are hotels, restaurants, and dive shops.
Empleo also said that some of informal settlers that will be asked to vacate are those displaced by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and built their temporary dwelling in the mangrove areas.
The DENR earlier released studies showing high coliform levels in Coron Bay, attributing the problem to the absence of a sewage system in the town.
Coron is one of Palawan’s main tourist destinations, along with El Nido and Puerto Princesa City.