The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is eyeing a possible 3-month closure of Bacuit Bay and Corong-Corong Outfall from water activities to give way for clean-up and rehabilitation, and prevent tourists and locals from contracting diseases.
“It was found that Bacuit Bay and Corong-Corong Outfall are in dreadful condition with one outfall’s fecal coliform level reaching more than 3.4M MPN (most probable number)/100 ML,” says in a document released by DILG.
The document adds that the situation is “compounded by the presence of informal settler families, non-enforcement of easement regulations on outfalls, and unregulated dry-docking and mooring activities.”
“In view of the foregoing, this level recommends to convene an El Nido Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Task Force composed of the DENR, DILG, and DOT to discuss the possible rehabilitation and clean-up of Bacuit Bay and Corong Corong Outfall,” DILG says in the document.
“Potentially, Bacuit Bay and Corong Corong Outfall may be closed from water activities to preserve the area and prevent the tourists and locals from contracting diseases,” DILG says.