7 May 2009
We first visited the El Nido Town to pay a visit to the dynamic Woman Mayor Leonor Corral. Mayor Corral took the time to give us an overview of her conservation efforts and initiatives and reiterated more than once the value of collaboration with NGOs such as the El Nido Foundation, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, and WWF Philippines. On her second term of office leading this municipality to sustainable development, with minimum fuss and funding, Mayor Corral has succeeded in conservation in ways so ingenious, it is a wonder it has not been copyrighted.
Law enforcement is key to conservation. In this incredibly remote place, illegal loggers and fishermen have ways and means to get their products from the land and sea, and it is impossibly expensive and ludicrous to hire a police force to watch over these areas. There is just no money.