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70 establishments in Siargao Island hit with violation notices

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2019

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Philippines – Following months of survey and inspection, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has identified 70 structures in Siargao Island that are without environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

The said establishments were immediately issued with a notice of violation and were ordered to pay a penalty of up to P50,000.

“Ipinatawag natin ang mga proponent to attend a technical conference para ma-discuss doon how to resolve those violations so all of them are committed na to secure an ECC, to apply an ECC,” explained Engr. Albert Arcamo, the regional director of EMB Region 13.

The EMB expects establishment owners of non-compliant structures to comply with the needed requirement by the end of this month.

In case they fail to resolve issues on schedule, the EMB warned that the structures will be closed.

“Kung nag operate pa rin sila na binigyan na sila ng time to secure an ECC and also to correct their violation but if we found out na wala pa rin so that will be the time na we will recommend for issuance of cease and decease order for the establishment,” Arcamo said.

 Arcamo said applying for an ECC can be done online which makes it easier for establishment owners to accomplish such requirement.

“Kasi naka online na tayo ngayon. Mag-submit sila doon ng application. Doon sa application nila nakasaad na doon kung anong klase ang projects nila kung major or minor projects ba, kung malalaking project,” Arcamo said.

” May establish tayo ng review committee, magre-review doon sa project application nila. After that magkakaroon ng public scoping,” the environment official said.

The EMB clarified that commercial structures need to adhere to environmental laws to be able to operate legally. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

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Establishment owners in General Luna, Siargao Island to undergo environmental laws seminar—DENR

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The famous boardwalk in Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Islands, Philippines during sunrise. (Photo: Jupit Reyes/Creative Commons) 

Establishment owners in General Luna, Siargao Island will undergo environmental laws seminar after around 700 establishments had been found to have violated environmental laws, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

400 of these establishments don’t have Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) while around 300 establishments violated the 20-meter easement zone.

DENR Caraga Regional Executive Director Felix Alicer has admitted that they have lapses in the implementation of these laws.

He also said that the said buildings were constructed without considering the requirements for a building permit.

“I must admit na mayroon tayong kakulangan sa pag-implement ng batas in coordinating with the building officials. Kasi sa tingin namin na-issue itong mga (I must admit we have lapses in implementing the laws in coordinating with the building officials. Because we think, these building permits were issued) building permit in the construction without taking into the consideration that there is the requirements in the PD [Presidential decree] 1586,” he said.

There is no official announcement yet as to when and where will the seminar be conducted.

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40 cocaine blocks seized along the coast of Siargao Island

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019

Blocks of cocaine

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – Authorities recovered 13 blocks of cocaine on Friday (February 15) along the coast of Barangay Pacipiko in the municipality of San Isidro in Siargao Island.

The cocaine blocks were in addition to the 27 blocks initially seized in the same location on Thursday (February 14).

Members of Siargao Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) saw the blocks wrapped in tarpaulin and fishnet materials.

Aside from the reports that they have been receiving from the communities, the San Isidro Police said they have been conducting shoreline patrols in the area.

“Actually, may mga prior reports na galing sa Dinagat (island) so nag-abang lang kami. Minobilize namin ang police kaya naka (kita) sila ng ganitong presence ng suspected cocaine sa shoreline,” said San Isidro Chief of Police PSInsp. Wise Vincent Panuelos.

The PNP Caraga said the cocaine haul is estimated at more than P200 million.

Authorities, however, has no lead yet to the source of the illegal drugs.

“Sa ngayon under investigation pa,” Panuelos said.

The incident prompted the Siargao del Norte Provincial Police Office to alert its forces along the shoreline of Siargao Island. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

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British national, 3 other high-value targets arrested in Siargao Island

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Four men were arrested including a British national after they were caught with marijuana in General Luna, Siargao Island last Saturday.

The suspects were nabbed in a raid at a suspected drug den in the said town.

They were identified as Liam Cox, Kirby Clet alias “Kitoy”, an alleged member of the Delgado Drug Group, Rolf Congreso, and barangay kagawad, Raul Dycueco.

“They were under surveillance for a long time now. In fact, our troops have been returning there. Last year, a surveillance operation was conducted there,” said PDEA Caraga spokesperson, Dindo Abellanosa.

Authorities confiscated from the suspect five hundred grams of marijuana worth P12,000.

PDEA Caraga said they expect the drop in the supply of marijuana in the province due to the arrest of the suspect.

“He’s one of the biggest suppliers in Siargao so it will really drop. The arrest of British national Liam Cox and Kirby Clet will have a huge impact in Siargao Island,” said Abellanosa.

The suspects are currently detained at the PDEA -13 custodial facility and are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act Of 2002. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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