A recent drowning incident at Puerto Princesa City’s Nagtabon Beach on the west coast has prompted the city government to impose stricter regulations in the area.
City administrator, Atty. Arnel Pedrosa, said that they will be having a tighter inspection within Nagtabon Beach for their compliance of mayor’s permit and licenses of the stalls within the area.
“Ire-regulate natin ‘yung mga activity sa area na ‘yan, dapat merong lifeguard d’yan,” said Pedrosa.
He said that stalls should not operate on the beach itself as it causes untidiness within the area.
“Hindi dapat kasi pinapayagan ‘yung mga tindahan sa beach kasi dumudumi ‘yung beach,” Pedrosa said.
He said that they also want to strictly enforce zoning and sanitary regulations of residence and establishments in the area.
“Titingnan natin kung may comfort rooms ba ‘yung mga nakatira dyan? Naiinis kasi kami sa mga ganyang establishment na di nagco-comply sa requirement,” Pedrosa said.
Pedrosa added however they are not considering a closure of the beach because the area is a public place, but will only regulate the establishments there.
“Hindi natin isasara ‘yan, that is a public place. Ireregulate lang natin ‘yung mga activities within the area,” said Pedrosa.
City Councilor Matthew Mendoza and Chairman of Committee on Tourism said that due to the cases of accidents in the beach, the City Council will urge the setting up of a tourist police substation near the beach.
“Kung pwede sana may tourist police sa area, ‘yung mga bantay kasi nagrereklamo na pinagsasabihan nila ‘yung mga tao na huwag maligo minsan pero hindi nila napipigilan,” Mendoza said.
He said that they will also require barangay officials to also serve as lifeguards since they are aware of the prevalent riptide or strong currents on the beach.
“Dito, ipapasok natin ‘yung mga tanod sa barangay na magbantay sa area, minsan kasi may mga tao na kahit na alam nilang di pwede lumangoy dito kasi may riptide at hindi pa rin nakikinig,” Mendoza said.