Some El Nido residents have taken to social media to voice their complaint about the condition of the municipal road that leads to the town’s famous Nacpan and Duli Beach.
In a Facebook post, a netizen posted pictures of the muddy road that connects to Barangays Bucana and Calitang and urged the municipal government to rehabilitate it.
“Sana po ay mapaayos na sana ang daanan papuntang Bucana at Calitang. Marami nang sasakyan ang nahihirapan [kapag dumadaan] dito, pati mga estudyante,” the post read.
The concerned netizen said it is the same road that leads to two of the town’s popular beaches, namely Nacpan and Duli.
“Sana mapaayos na para dumami pa [ang] pumuntang turista,” she said.
On the comment section, travel agency owner Rovie Castro said it’s a disgrace to tourists who visit the said beaches in a world-renowned tourist destination.
“Grabe naman talaga oh. Dapat binibigyan agad ng aksyon kapag ganyan para wala naman masabi [ang] mga nagto-tour dito sa’tin. Nakakahiya sa mga dumadayo para makita ang gandang kalikasan natin,” Castro wrote.
Municipal Administrator RJ de la Calzada said the municipal government backfilled the dirt road with sand and gravel last year.
“Kaya ganyan ‘yan uli kasi tag-ulan na naman. Malambot kasi yung lupa kaya lumulubog at lumulubog ‘yong tinambak, [kaya] kailangan once and for all sesementuhin na ‘yan,” he told Palawan News.
He said the municipal government has partnered with the national government in concreting the Calitang Road. He added that they are awaiting the budget allocation to start the road construction in the area.
In the meantime, de la Calzada said the municipal government could have backfilled the road with aggregates, but they have not included it in their 2017 budget, as the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board already stopped giving permits to local quarry operators in El Nido.
“Wala rin kaming makuhang locally sourced [quarry] kasi wala kaming local contractor,” he said.
Before the quarry ban in El Nido, he said the municipal government had been contracting a legitimate local quarry operator that backfilled select dirt roads around the town.
There are imported quarry up for sale from Mindoro, the town administrator said. However, its price is double or even triple the price of locally-sourced quarry.
“Kapag ganun kasi mangyari, hindi matapos ang project natin dahil hindi suited ang budget versus sa current selling price ng mga quarry materials,” de la Calzada said, adding that local government budgeting is based on the local pricing.
He said the municipal government is not allowed to spend for quarry materials beyond its allocated budget.