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The municipal government of El Nido reminded business owners in the town on Friday to be compliant with all environmental laws if they want to avoid being penalized and shut down.

Municipal administrator Rene Jay de la Calzada said this after a team from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted a five-day survey in El Nido to locate pipelines that illegally discharge wastewater into Bacuit Bay.

He said the DENR team started surveying the establishments along the beach with a portable scanner on March 18 until March 22.

De la Calzada added the DENR will let them know about the result of the survey next week.

“Sa ngayon survey pa lang, ini-scan nila ang mga establishments kung may mga tubo ba na naka-embed doon. After n’yan, i-a-analyze na nila then automatic huhukayin na ‘yan pati ang may ari ay automatic may violation rin. Basta mayroon pa naman silang parameters bago maghuhukay kung sakali,” he said.

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He said that the DENR already planned the activity in 2108 as a part of the six-month rehabilitation.

De la Calzada said the DENR also scanned drainage canals.

“Sinusuyod nila ang mga establishments, after nyan pupunta naman sila sa mga sa mga estero natin kasi possible rin na may mga tubo na konektado doon galing sa mga establishments,” he said.

He added that this action is still a part of the DENR’s cleanup drive

Meanwhile, the DENR will also hold a Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) to assist establishments in securing their permits, including the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) that issues the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) on March 25 to 29, 8 a.m. to 5 a. m. at the lobby of the municipal hall building.

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