SAN VICENTE, Palawan — Resort establishments along the beaches of San Vicente share a common concern to conserve the nesting grounds of marine turtles.
In popular beaches like Long Beach, the locals have taken into account that marine turtles lay their eggs within the period from November until February.
Tonino Habana, president of the United Tourism Association of San Vicente, said they are aware of the importance of the marine species in maintaining the balance of nature.
“Every November to February, they lay eggs in the beaches of San Vicente. ‘Yong mga pinakawalan namin ay babalik din after ilang years para mangitlog ulit. It is very vital to balance the ecosystem,” he said.
Among the measures they have been practicing is the prohibition of vehicle passage on the beaches where they could run over the nesting sites.
“Napakabawal lang talaga na dumaan ang mga sasakyan sa baybay kasi nasasagasaan ang mga itlog. Lahat ng resort doon kasama ang Club Agutaya ay very active sa pangangalaga ng mga turtles,” Habana added.
“Normally kapag napisa ay papakawalan mo na agad kasi they only have 72 hours para mabuhay. Kailangan din nila makalakad sa buhangin kasi natatandaan nila ‘yan,” he said.