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Cimatu orders 6-month rehab of El Nido, Palawan

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Wednesday ordered the municipal government of El Nido to conduct immediately the rehabilitation of the environmental condition of the whole town.

“You told us last time that it will take you six months to rehabilitate. We will give you six months to rehabilitate El Nido,” Cimatu told town Mayor Nieves Rosento while doing site inspection in Barangay Masagana.

Cimatu stressed that “there will be no closure” of the whole town, but Barangay Buena Suerte, one of the four barangays covering Bacuit Bay, will be restricted to swimming due to high fecal coliform bacteria at 1,300 parts per million (ppm).

“Kapag nag-100 ppm lang saka bubuksan for swimming ulit. Lalagyan ng marker dyan na off limits (If it goes down to 100 ppm, then we will open again for swimming. We will put a market there that says off limits),” he said.

Rosento said the Buena Suerte coastal village is where the town’s main sewer empties into the sea.

But in six months, she said it will be the site of their second sewage treatment plant (STP) that will remove contaminants from municipal wastewater.

“Our main outfall is there but it will also be the sight of our sewage treatment facility. We hope to complete construction in six months. Hopefully, there will be no weather disturbance so we can meet our target,” Rosento said.

The proposed STP is in addition to the existing wastewater facility the town already has in Barangay Villa Libertad, the El Nido mayor pointed out.

Source: Inquirer, Archive, Bam Aquino, ABS-CBN


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