Bunawan town officials built an eco-tourism park to house the crocodile, which had started to draw local and foreign tourists and bring revenue to the laid-back community.
Philippine officials were planning to start constructing a 1.9-kilometer (1.18-mile) road to the park to accommodate the growing number of tourists, but it is unclear if the plan will now push through, Elorde said.
He said he planned to have the crocodile preserved so Bunawan villagers can still marvel at it.
"I'd like them to see the crocodile that broke a world record and put our town on the map," Elorde said.
Image: In this September 6th, 2011 photo, "Lolong," the world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity according to the Guinness World Records, rests in his pen, two days after being captured by residents and staff of a crocodile farm along a creek in Bunawan township, Agusan Del Sur province in southern Philippines.