Located on the northernmost tip of the Palawan mainland, the municipality of El Nido covers a land area of 92,326 hectares comprised of 18 barangays, of which 10 are coastal and four are considered semi-urban.
The islands of El Nido were formed 250 million years ago, in the area that North Vietnam and South China now occupy.
Surveys organized by El Nido Foundation in 2008-2009 identified 447 species of hard corals (with 44 unconfirmed species) and about 910 species of reef fish.
El Nido is a nesting area of three species of turtles (green, hawksbill, and olive ridley), and is a feeding ground of such marine mammals as dugongs, whales and dolphins.
Phil. Statistics Authority data in 2015 shows population at 41,606 in 8,548 households; projected population (RHU) for 2017 was at 44,391, with 10,068 households (RSI) for the year 2019.
The EL NIDO FOUNDATION (ENF) is a social development organization committed to the improvement of the quality of life of the people of El Nido and neighboring communities, while at the same time preserving the area’s natural integrity.
In fulfilling its mandate,
- ENF recognizes the interrelation between poverty and environmental issues. It believes that these two issues need to be addressed in an integrated manner to arrive at lasting solutions
- It acknowledges that grassroots communities are capable of responsible decision-making and that their active involvement in environment-related issues is crucial in sustainable resource management
- ENF believes that the active involvement of all stakeholders in the community – barangay representatives and people’s organizations, local government officials and implementers, other concerned civic and development groups – is vital to advance consensus in sustainable resource management.