A Habitat Monitoring of Turtle Nesting Site was conducted at the Balinaud Beach Cadlao Island, Brgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan last August 23-24, 2021.
The activity was joined by the PCSDS District Management Division-Calamian and was headed by the DENR Protected Area Management Office (DENR PAMO), in partnership with Malampaya Foundation Inc., Philippine Coast Guard, and the 23rd Marine Battalion.
After the monitoring, they reported that there was no sign of appearance of any turtle during their overnight watch, although there were 2 old sand marks which were believed to have occured “many days or a week ago.” Nonetheless, the said monitoring serves as one of the protection measures done by the aforementioned agencies in order to ensure the safety arrival of the turtles and their potential nesting grounds.
Balinaud Beach is part of the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area and is designated as a “Strict Protection Zone,” or those areas with high biodiversity value that are closed for any human activity except for scientific research and/or cultural use by the Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs) and Indigenous Peoples (IPs).