DENR orders self-demolition for Boracay establishments to avoid lawsuit

admin   •   March 28, 2018   •   6614

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions during an inspection in Boracay Island.

MANILA, Philippines — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has reminded owners of commercial establishments located at the no-build zone area of Bulabog Beach in Boracay Island to self-demolish to avoid facing a lawsuit.

The establishments in question stand on forest and wetland areas which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) prohibits.

“It’s really their right naman but we have to implement the law. The law is there, halimbawa, sinasabi nilang private property na nila yan the government can make some legal remedy para ma-implement,” said the environment secretary.

(It’s really their right also but we have to implement the law. The law is there. For example, they’re claiming that it’s already their private property. The government can make some legal remedy so that it can be implemented.)

On Monday, Cimatu and representatives of concerned agencies inspected the structures built along the 25+5 easement area of the beach.

Establishment owners are given 15 days from today, March 27,  to demolish or abandon their structures.

Meanwhile, Cimatu has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to immediately finish roadworks at Boracay Circumferential Road which connects Barangay Manoc Manoc to Yapak and is expected to ease traffic congestion in the area.

“This will partially or probably reduce the traffic. We are planning to open up another road dito upang i-reduce (here to reduce) travel from one hour to 30 minutes. Ganun,” said Cimatu.

The secretary is confident that with constant cooperation from the local government, the rehabilitation of Boracay Island will speedily progress. — Maris Federes | UNTV News & Rescue

DENR doubles efforts to solve ‘garbage crisis’ in M. Manila to save Manila Bay

Marje Pelayo   •   December 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu expressed dismay over what he calls a ‘garbage crisis’ in Metro Manila.

He said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) efforts to clean up Manila Bay, in particular, are becoming useless because of the recurring problems of improper garbage disposals in nearby areas.

“We have started the clean up only this year, in January. After we cleaned up, we left behind a clean shoreline, one day or two days, andyan na naman (there are garbage again),” he told reporters in a chance interview Thursday (December 5).

“Meaning, hindi naso-solve ang garbage (problem is not solved) by cleaning it right in that area. We have to clean it from the source,” he added.

The Environment Secretary said they have deployed personnel to look into the source of the wastes that pollute Manila Bay.

Based on reports, the problem really starts from the residents or informal settlers living in areas surrounding Manila Bay.

“They found out that really it’s a culture and behavior problems,” Cimatu said.

The official specifically noted the San Juan River where the water is already producing putrid smell.

He noted that the solution to all the garbage problem is indeed a change in behavior among the informal settlers living in esteros.

Starting January 2020, Cimatu plans to focus on cleaning and rehabilitating the San Juan River which he noted as the most polluted river in Metro Manila.

The DENR plans to put up concrete fences that will block the informal settlers any access to the river to stop them from disposing wastes materials straight to the body of water.

The agency also plans to establish a community sewage system where waste water from all households will be collected.

DPWH inaugurates NLEX interchange near SEA Games opening venue

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday inaugurated the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)-Philippine Arena Interchange, which will be used by the delegates to access the venue for the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The DPWH said the Ciudad de Victoria Interchange Overpass Bridge and Bypass road is seen to help address the heavy traffic flow of vehicles entering the Bocaue interchange, as well as reduce travel time to the town of Sta. Maria in Bulacan from 50 minutes to 15 minutes.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inaugural drive-thru of the new road with Senators Joel Villanueva and Francis Tolentino, Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva and other local officials.

Villar said that the construction of the bypass road and bridge, which started January this year, was fast-tracked in time for the opening ceremony of the 30th SEA Games on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Philippine Arena.

“Efficient roadways and increased road capacity will do a great deal in the success of the opening rites for the Philippines hosting of biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the 11 countries of Southeast Asia”, Villar was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the department.

The DPWH chief said the P260-million road project which connects to the Manila North Road and Sta. Maria-Bocaue bypass road will serve as an alternate road to the heavily congested Governor F. Halili Road in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

“With our anticipation on the volume of vehicles and traffic jams during the opening ceremony, the bypass road shall provide ease of transport to delegates who will be competing for the pride of their respective countries,” Villar said.

After the games’ opening rites, the road will be closed again to resume remaining work on the interchange, which includes the construction of additional lanes of the bridge structure at the Bocaue interchange.

The DPWH also said that for the next phase of the project, it will improve the 1.91-kilometer road from MacArthur Highway to Bocaue Municipal, and build a 1.3-kilometer road from the Philippine Arena to the existing Patubig Road in Marilao, Bulacan.

LIST: Weekend road repairs, reblocking schedule in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for the scheduled road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said road repair works on the following roads will begin 11 p.m. Friday (Nov. 23) until 5 a.m. Monday (Nov. 25):


  • Southbound direction of approach B of P. Tuazon Flyover to approach A of Boni Serrano Flyover, 2nd innermost lane, 2nd lane beside railway;
  • Northbound direction after Aurora Boulevard to New York Street, 3rd lane from sidewalk

A. Bonifacio Avenue

  • Southbound between 11th Avenue to J. Manuel Street, 2nd lane from sidewalk
  • G. Araneta from Bayanin Road intersection

General Luis Street

  • Westbound direction from Rebisco Road to SB Diversion Road

Elliptical Road

  • Eastbound after Maharlika Street, 8th lane from outer sidewalk;

C5/Katipunan Avenue

  • Northbound after C. P. Garcia, 3rd lane from center island

The DPWH advised motorists to take alternate routes to avoid expected build-up at construction areas.


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