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DENR orders self-demolition for Boracay establishments to avoid lawsuit

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 04:37 AM

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

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Simultaneous clean-up of rivers, canals leading to Manila Bay set on March 31

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 07:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has set a simultaneous clean up of canals and rivers leading to Manila Bay on March 31.

DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said the clean up drive will cover the river system traversing Marikina, Pasi, Tullahan and Parañaque.

“Iyong nakadikit dun sa mga river system, iyong mga esteros will be cleaned(The canals attached to the river system will be cleaned),” said Leones.

These water systems, according to Leones, serve as conduits for waste water and other pollutants to directly flow into Manila Bay, thus a clean up drive is highly necessary.

“We believe that we cannot clean Manila Bay unless we clean also the sources of pollution along this river systems,” the official added.

In line with the clean-up efforts, the DENR has ordered the closure of two of the three outfalls or water passage located between the U.S. Embassy and Manila Yacht Club to give way to the construction of a sewerage treatment plant that will filter waste water before it reaches Manila Bay.

Meanwhile, dredging operations to scoop out the 4-meter-thick mud and garbage deposits in Manila Bay’s seabed continue.

Likewise, experts are conducting tests on water samples to verify traces of dangerous and heavy metals like mercury.

“Kapag na-accumulate sa body mo iyan, (If those (heavy metals) accumulate inside your body) it will take years before it is eliminated into your body,” Leones explained.

Authorities remind the public that recreational swimming remains strictly prohibited in Manila Bay, though pollution level in its water has receded.

“Ito lang ang sabi ng aming secretary, kapag na-fit ang water for swimming ang unang lalangoy doon kami daw. Hanggat hindi pa kami lumalangoy doon talagang walang dapat mag-swimming doon, (Secretary [Cimatu] told us that once the water in Manila Bay becomes fit for swimming, we will be the first ones to swim in it. So while we are not yet swimming in it, no one should),” the official stressed.

The agency will set up sanitation facilities that informal settlers near Manila Bay can use to prevent them from disposing waste materials into the bay. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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100,000 jobs in Japan open to Pinoys — Bello

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 18 March 2019 12:42 AM

A Japanese flag (Image courtesy to Reuters)

Out of the 350,000 job opportunities that Japan will open to foreign nationals next month, 100,000 may likely be allotted to Filipino workers, the Department of Labor said on Sunday (March 17).

“Our workers may get at least 30 percent of available jobs for foreign nationals,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said.

A memorandum of cooperation that will provide a framework for the deployment of “specified skill workers” is set to be signed in Tokyo on Tuesday between the labor department of the Philippines and Japan’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, Labor and Welfare and the National Police Agency.

“This agreement, aside from providing better opportunities, is geared toward ensuring their protection by means of implementing a basic framework that will promote smooth and proper mechanisms in sending, accepting, and residence management of incoming specified skilled workers in Japan,” Bello said.

Industries in need of skilled workers include health care, building maintenance, food services, industrial machinery, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquaculture, parts and tooling and aviation.

The agreement defines specified skilled workers as those who have a degree of skill or expertise in the field they applied for and have been granted a residence status of “specified skilled worker” by the Japanese government.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will process their accreditation while the Philippine Labor Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Japan will verify the documents of workers.

The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) will manage the reintegration of specified skilled workers returning to the Philippines. —Aileen Cerrudo

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Demolition warning issued against non-compliant Boracay establishments

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 1 March 2019 03:31 PM

Boracay Island

The Boracay Interagency Task Force has given 10 non-compliant establishments a 15-day ultimatum, beginning March 1, to remove their structures after failing to follow the easement rule in Boracay even after the 10-month rehabilitation effort.

During a press conference on Thursday, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said this warning will send a “strong message to everyone, who are still violating  the easement, that we really mean business.”

A 30-meter no-build zone along the beachfront was implemented in Boracay since the start of its rehabilitation in April.

Año warned that the non-compliant establishments should opt for self-demolition, otherwise the Task Force will take on the responsibility of removing these establishments.

“We will issue the final ultimatum and then we’ll give them 15 days, then we will forcibly demolish all these establishments if they do not do self-demolition.” Año added. —Aileen Cerrudo

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