El Nido suffers minimal damage from 'Yolanda'


Posted at Nov 12 2013 12:57 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2013 08:57 PM

El Nido, Palawan

MANILA – Here’s a piece of good news for travelers: the four properties of the luxurious El Nido Resorts in Palawan only suffered minimal damage from super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

Cleaning operations in the four resorts – Miniloc Island, Lagen Island, Apulit Island and Pangulasian Island – are almost complete, according to a letter signed by El Nido Resorts director for sales and marketing Joey Bernardino.

“Thankfully, we are happy to report that all our guests, staff, personnel and our neighbors are all safe and secure,” he said, adding that the El Nido Resorts “withstood the rains and emerged with minimal damage.”

Bernardino, however, said residents in the neighboring municipality of Taytay in Palawan suffered bigger losses as he encouraged the public to help in rescue and relief operations.

“We thank all of you for the support and prayers you have given us in this trying time. We urge everyone not to forget our fellow countrymen who are still in need. We join everyone in prayer and in the hope of a better tomorrow,” he said.

On Monday, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Palawan said the death toll in Northern Palawan from “Yolanda” has already risen to 10, while 25 people remain missing.

Around 400 tourists are still stranded in Palawan as of Monday, with Busuanga airport heavily damaged by the super typhoon.