32 (series of 1998), which prohibit the occupation, utilization and construction of any structure in a protected area like El Nido. In the coming days, we shall serve similar notices to establishments and households illegally built on timberland,” said lawyer Gandhi Flores, DENR Mimaropa legal division chief. The changes we are doing in El Nido now are for the long-term benefit of everyone,” Bernardino said. Tourism activities in El Nido, once considered a remote destination patronized mainly by backpackers, have picked up over the last five years. In Cagayan province, businessmen voluntarily took down 18 illegal structures, which encroached on the 20-m buffer zone of Nangaramoan beach in Santa Ana town.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer March 13, 2018 21:11 UTC