Photo courtesy of Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD)

A Habitat Monitoring of Turtle Nesting Site was conducted at the Balinaud Beach Cadlao Island in Barangay Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan last August 23-24, 2021.

In a Facebook post of Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) on Friday, there was no indication of any turtle during their nightly watch after the monitoring, however, there were two (2) old sand marks that were thought to have happened “several days or a week ago.” Nonetheless, the abovementioned monitoring is one of the safety precautions taken by the aforementioned authorities to assure the turtles’ safe arrival and possible nesting areas.

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The DENR Protected Area Management Office (DENR PAMO), Malampaya Foundation Inc., Philippine Coast Guard, and the 23rd Marine Battalion participated in the exercise, which was led by PCSDS District Management Division-Calamian.

Balinaud Beach is located inside the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area and is categorized as a “Strict Protection Zone,” which means it is closed to all human activity save scientific research and/or cultural use by Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) and Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

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