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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will issue “notices to vacate” to some 29 private and commercial structures that violate the 20-meter easement zone in El Nido town.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Eriberto Saños told Palawan News on Saturday that they had already submitted to their regional office the demarcation report conducted in Barangay Bucana in mid-July.

He said they are now waiting for an order from their higher office.

“Kasa-submit lang rin namin namin ng report. Naiko-quote ako ng iba na ide-demolish ko raw, hindi ko naman sinasabi na ganoon. Part ng continuing rehabilitation ay nag-demarcate doon sa Brgy. Bucana at may na-identify na mga structures doon na lumampas sa easement,” said Saños.

Saños reiterated what they are doing is just part of the continuing rehabilitation program of the government.

He said they have no timeline yet on when these notices will be issued to the violators, but as soon as they receive an order from DENR-MIMAROPA, the owners of these structures must comply through “self-demolition.”

“Wala pa kaming timeline, naghihintay din kami ng instruction,” said Saños.

DENR has identified 29 private and commercial structures illegally built within the 20-meter easement zone in El Nido town.

In a July 16 report obtained by Palawan News from the Palawan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Friday, 14 household properties and 15 commercial establishments in Sitios Calitang and Nacpan, Bucana, have structures within the 20-meter easement zone.

The MIMAROPA Region and the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Taytay conducted the four-day inventory from July 9 to 12.

“The team advised the owners to prepare any documents evidencing their occupation in the area,” the inventory report indicated.

The inventory team was composed of forest technicians Lanie Rey and Jones Lafuente, land management inspector Joanna Talamayan, and Elvie Base as their administrative officer.

DENR identified the owners of these 14 household properties as Sylvia Albag, Rogelio Ulimba Sr., Mercy Canopin, Carlos Paroko, Meriam Cu, Detas Ulson, Luz Chua, Fausto Corpin, Dennis Mercader, and Alex de Leon.

The others are Werner Bushard, Balay Gamay, the vacant lot beside Phoenix Bar, and an unnamed private property in Sitio Nacpan.

On the other hand, the 15 commercial structures are the Bamboo House, EMS Café and Restaurant, Seaside, Sunmai, Clubruby Resto, Kaila’s Resto/Cusina, Nacpan Beach Resort Massage, Jaime Cu Cottages, Jams Massage and Spa, Mad Monkey, Franswa Inn, Dandal Bay View, Paradise Inn, Valine Grace Beach and Cottages, and unnamed establishment under construction.

“The activity is in connection with the operational strategy on the recovery of easement in Barangay Bucana, El Nido, Palawan. The owners of the affected structures will be issued with corresponding letters in violation of Article 51 of RA 1067 otherwise known as the Water Code of the Philippines,” the report also indicated.