The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) stepped up its clean-up drive in El Nido this week, holding back-to-back meetings with municipal government officials, businessmen, and residents to ensure environmental compliance.

DENR regional executive director Henry A. Adornado on Thursday met with the stakeholders for consultative meetings with business owners from four identified priority barangays namely, Maligaya, Masagana, Corong-Corong, and Buena Suerte.

Adornado in a press statement said that the discussions with the business owners were focused on the status of their compliance in securing necessary permits and clearances following the survey done in all commercial establishments in said barangays last August.

El Nido municipal administrator Raffy Cabate said that Adornado’s visit has been productive citing multiple departmental programs were also realized.

“Other than the forum, nagkaroon din ng coastal clean-up, nag-ikot din kami to check the progress of the compliance [ng bawat establishment] sa rehabilitation plan, at tree planting activity,” Cabate said.

Meanwhile, the department and the municipal government preferred not to comment further on the “notice of violation and order to vacate” issued to some 1,000 residents of Barangay Bucana as discussions are still ongoing as of press time.