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Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

El Nido forest ranger hacked to death

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:57 PM

Police have identified the victim as Bienvinido 'Toto' Veguilla Jr, 44, a forest ranger of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Gov't decides to keep El Nido open

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido will remain open to tourists, but swimming areas will continue to be restricted

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

Gov't eyes 'selective closure' of El Nido in Palawan

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

El Nido's municipal government says it is doing its best to prevent any closure

UP NEXT? El Nido is up for a possible closure. Shutterstock photo

Dolphin dies in El Nido after eating garbage bag

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:14 PM

'The (plastic garbage bag) was so tightly-packed that the bones from the fish it ate after was not even able to pass through,' says El Nido Resorts-Be Green

In El Nido, dolphin died after swallowing plastic garbage bag. Photo courtesy of El Nido Resorts facebook page

DENR flags 10 hotels 'gravely polluting' El Nido's Bacuit Bay

May 18, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The hotels are served cease and desist orders for discharging wastewater without valid permits

Bacuit Bay. Photo from Shutterstock

DENR removes hostel's illegal drain pipe along El Nido beach

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says Outpost Beach Hostel's use of the hidden sewage line is a 'blatant disregard for the environment'

UNDER REHAB. The government is now rehabilitating El Nido, Palawan, a popular tourist destination. File photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism

DENR aims to make Bacuit Bay in El Nido swimmable again by May

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) The environment department is also eyeing to declare Bacuit Bay as a Water Quality Management Area

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Dec 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Carrying capacity policy in El Nido's lagoons takes effect

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Local environment authorities have started enforcing the carrying capacity policy for El Nido's Small and Big Lagoons

EL NIDO. Tourists at El Nido's Small Lagoon. Photo courtesy Provincial Information Office, Palawan

EL NIDO: Garbage woes threaten the future

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

An increase in the volume of garbage due to the influx of visitors adds to the environmental woes already threatening El Nido’s booming tourism industry

El Nido: Tourism's boon and bane

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:27 PM

As the number of visitors reaches record-high, tourism takes a toll on the environment of the once laid-back town of El Nido

El Nido rehab to focus on water quality, coastal easement, carrying capacity

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte's environment, tourism, and interior secretaries assure the residents of this Palawan town there will be ‘no closure but only rehab’

NO CLOSURE. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the tourism town of El Nido will be rehabilitated in 6 months. Photo courtsey of Department of Tourism

DENR, DILG, DOT chiefs to map out El Nido rehabilitation plan

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat will be in El Nido town on November 28 to meet with local officials

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Nov 15, 2018 - 7:38 PM

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50 more establishments in El Nido face closure

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Erring business establishments will be temporarily closed until they fully comply with the requirements, including the self-demolition order on structures encroaching on the easement zone

EL NIDO. El Nido, Palawan, will undergo rehabilitation but will not be temporarily closed to tourists. By Firth m - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Local officials, businessmen hail gov't decision vs El Nido shutdown

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido officials and business owners welcome the decision of the national government to order the closure only of erring establishments, and not the entire town

EL NIDO. Ei Nido town in Palawan is known for its white sand beaches and limestone formations. Photo by Андрей Бобровский, CC BY 3.0

Rehabilitation set for 'overcrowded' El Nido, Palawan

Nov 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

But unlike Boracay, El Nido will not be closed to tourists. The government will only shut down establishments with violations.

DENR targets full El Nido cleanup by end-2018

Nov 13, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Environment officials say erring business owners have been given enough time to comply with environmental rules and regulations

EL NIDO COASTLINE. A view of the El Nido coastline years before the DENR clean-up. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons

El Nido to resolve overcrowding in Small, Big Lagoons

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:01 AM

Local officials hold a dry run of a proposal to limit the number of tourists and kayaks that can enter the lagoons

Soriano-Tan, Guzman-Yee pairs cop BVR crowns

Oct 28, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Charo Soriano and Bea Tan emerge as the winning women's pair while KR Guzman and Ian Yee rule the men's side of Beach Volleyball Republic El Nido

El Nido's ban on plastic bottles now in effect

Sep 26, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A move that begun on September 1 tasks all those going to El Nido with surrendering their single-use plastic bottles, plastic bags, and others before boarding their boats

PLASTIC BAN. Mayor Nieves Cabunalda-Rosendo speaking with NGO heads about the environment plans of the town. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss World Philippines 2018 Beach Beauty Competition

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:16 PM

These are the looks the 40 candidates wore in the pageant's swimsuit round

FINALISTS. 7 women emerged as the finalists for the swimsuit competition. One of them will be guaranteed a spot in the pageant's top 15. Photo by Rick dela Cruz/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss World Philippines 2018 Beach Beauty Competition

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Here are some of the standout looks at the pageant's swimsuit competition

RESORT WEAR. The swimsuit competition top 7 show off their best beach OOTDs. All photos by Jory Rivera

FULL LIST: Miss World Philippines 2018 Swimsuit Competition finalists

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:52 PM

One of them is guaranteed a spot in the pageant’s Top 15

BEACH BEAUTIES. The swimsuit competition top 7 are announced. Photo by Rick dela Cruz/Rappler

WATCH: Miss World Philippines 2018 candidates explore El Nido

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The girls get up close with Palawan’s natural wonders

ISLAND BEAUTIES. The candidates of Miss World Philippines 2018 take in the natural beauty of El Nido's famous Big Lagoon. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Countryside: A hidden gem in El Nido, Palawan

Sep 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Once upon a time, an overnight stay in El Nido cost a mere P20

Teodora Marcelino Austria show their old house before the Japanese burn it. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

WATCH: Washed up garbage seen floating in El Nido, Palawan

Aug 17, 2018 - 4:17 PM

To many, the video serves as a reminder for the public to be mindful of their trash all the time

DENR wants El Nido's groundwater tested

May 25, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'We will call the attention of the DOH to have El Nido's groundwater tested,' says Natividad Bernardino, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Mimaropa

DENR orders demolition of easement-violating establishments in El Nido

May 23, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Demolition orders are said to be issued 'within the week,' says DENR Regional Director Natividad Bernardino

SELF-DEMOLITION. Only 3 out of 32 establishments along the coastline of El Nido have fully complied with the demolition order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather jets off to Palawan in style

May 08, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The retired American boxer explores El Nido on his first day in the Philippines

BEACH LOVIN. Floyd Mayweather explores El Nido's pristine waters and limestone cliff-filled islands. Photo from Instagram (@floydmayweather)

LIST: 79 establishments asked to vacate El Nido timberlands

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Owners of the establishments have 30 days or until May 5 to comply with the notice to vacate

DENR won't extend demolition deadline in El Nido shoreline

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) DENR Mimaropa Director Natividad Bernardino says the 32 business establishment owners only have until April 11 to remove their structures built on the 3-meter coastal easement zone

VIOLATION. Environmental authorities vow to remove illegal structures built on shoreline easement zone in El Nido. File photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Informal settlers along El Nido coast to be relocated – DENR

Mar 24, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the local government has issued a final notice to vacate to 24 families residing along Corong Corong beach

EL NIDO COASTLINE. El Nido town in Palawan. Photo from Philippine Fly Boy/Wikimedia Commons

DENR orders 49 Siargao businesses to address environmental violations

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'If we want to sustain [Siargao's] viability as an international surfing capital, we must show that we are all helping to protect and conserve its environment,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

32 structures in El Nido shoreline easement zone up for eviction

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:20 PM

The government's Task Force El Nido finds only 2 or 3 establishments out of 294 inspected that have complied with environmental regulations

DEMOLITION. DENR Mimaropa orders establishments that have encroached on the coastal easement zone to self-demolish within 30 days, or the municipal government will come after them. File photo by Photo by Oscar H. Purugganan

El Nido crackdown on erring establishments begins

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Nieves Rosento says the degrading water quality in the town’s public beach remains a problem

VIOLATION. Environmental authorities vow to remove illegal structures built on shoreline easement zone in El Nido. Photo by Keith S. Anthony Fabro/Rappler

From traveling the world to business owners: How this El Nido glamping site came to be

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'So how did we get end up creating The Birdhouse El Nido after being unemployed for a year and a half?' Contributor Mark Anthony-Villaflor tells us all

No oil spill from barge grounded off El Nido – PCG

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) El Nido station Deputy Commander Harvey Marmol says they are monitoring the status of the barge – named LCT OMS 6 – which ran aground off Sitio Cabigsing, Barangay Buena Suerte

LCT OMS 6. The LCT OMS 6 barge. Photo from PCG El Nido Station

El Nido: Metaphors of the sea

Feb 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

It unveiled pristine beaches where we frolicked momentarily, before obliterating our footprints, leaving us with just our memories to hold on to

Photo by Oscar H. Purugganan

El Nido's balancing act: Managing nature and tourism

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The national and local governments are putting in place measures to minimize the negative impact of tourism pressure on El Nido

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

El Nido to ban plastics

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:25 AM

El Nido authorities say they will strictly implement its existing ordinance banning the use of plastics, in keeping with the town's status as a protected area

PLASTIC HAUL. The El Nido ordinance aims to reduce plastic garbage in the town. This file photo shows trash collected in a clean-up drive. Coastal cleanup photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Congested El Nido town center proposed as 'walk zone'

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:37 AM

El Nido authorities are mulling a plan to prohibit vehicles in the congested town center and declare the entire poblacion as a 'walk zone'

CONEGESTED. A street at the El Nido town center. Photo courtesy Judith Distal

El Nido eyes e-bikes as main transport mode

Nov 26, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The municipal council is deliberating a proposed ordinance and developing a phase-out plan to back up the proposed policy

SOON ON THE STREET. An e-bike in El Nido. Photo courtesy RJ de la Calzada

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Nov 11, 2017 - 8:57 PM

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El Nido to impose daily visitor limits in 3 iconic tourist sites

Sep 27, 2017 - 4:04 PM

El Nido adopts a resolution that will solve the overcrowding and habitat disturbance issues in the Big and Small Lagoons and Secret Beach

EL NIDO HOT SPOT. Tourists at El Nido's Small Lagoon. Photo courtesy Provincial Information Office, Palawan

Ayala eco-tourism estate says no issues with El Nido over access to public beach

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:12 AM

The management of Ayala-owned Lio Tourism Estate says residents of Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido still have access to the public beach in front of its newly-opened resort

PUBLIC BEACH. A view of the beach in Barangay Villa Libertad, El Nido. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Cimatu honors slain anti-logging official in El Nido

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:02 AM

The slain official was chair of the El Nido Law Enforcement Council and member of the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area Management Board

HONOR. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and DENR Regional Director Natividad Bernardino present the "Bayani ng Kalikasan" award to the family of slain village chief Ruben Arzaga. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Local gov't seeks end to flooding problem in El Nido

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Officials of the tourist town have to hurdle an obstacle to their planned storm drainage system – convincing owners of residential homes tourist inns and business establishments to observe the setback required by law

FLOODING. Some areas in the famous tourist town of El Nido is prone to flooding. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Palawan named World’s Best Island, Boracay makes top 3

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Palawan earns the top spot for the second year

NATURAL BEAUTY. Even with the influx of tourists, lagoons and islets off El Nido in Palawan are still stunning. Photo by Simon Gonzaga/ thebigblackbackpack.com