Have you been planning your visit to El Nido, Palawan this year? Before you get on your flight, make sure the hotel you've booked isn't one of the 10 hotels recently shut down by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
On May 15, 2019, the DENR issued a cease-and-desist order against the following establishments:
- El Nido Sea Shell Resorts and Hotel
- Doublegem Beach Resort and Hotel
- Buko Beach Resort
- Panorama Resort
- Four Seasons Seaview Hotel
- Stunning Republic Beach Resort
- Sava Beach Bar/Sava Nest Egg Inc.
- El Nido Beach Hotel
- The Nest El Nido Resorts and Spa Inc.
Cuna Hotel was also shut down after they were caught discharging "blackish and foul-smelling" wastewater.
The director of DENR Environmental Management Bureau for Mimaropa (which covers Palawan), Michael Drake Matias, announced that these establishments have violated the Clean Water Act of 2004: "The result of the laboratory analysis on the wastewater taken from said establishments went beyond the DENR General Effluent Standards for Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)."
He explained, "BOD is a measure of the quantity of oxygen used by microorganisms when decomposing organic materials are present in water."
Additionaly, regional executive director Henry Adornado said in a statement, "We have initial investigations done on other hotels and restaurants, and we are just waiting if results of their effluent samples would merit issuance of CDO."