Personnel of the Malay local government dismantling illegal structures along the shorelines of Puka Beach in Barangay
MANILA, Philippines — Personnel of the Malay local government has begun the dismantling of illegal structures along the shorelines of Puka Beach in Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island.
More than 30 structures made of light materials have been dismantled by the demolition team.
“Kasama ito sa ating 6-month action plan — yung paglilinis ng mga baybayin natin,” said Malay LGU executive assistant Rowen Aguirre.
(This is part of our 6-month action plan —the clean-up of the Boracay shorelines.)
Some establishment owners voluntarily removed their stalls.
“What I did was to not refuse. I dismantled it myself when I learned of the planned demolition,” said Daniel Castillo Jr.
Following the demolition, several stall owners called on the Malay government to set up areas where they can continue their livelihood.
After the Puka Beach, the Malay LGU will demolish next the illegal structures in Ilig-Iligan beach and the beach front where stations one, two, and three are located.
Meanwhile, the local government has mixed feelings on the plan to place Boracay under a state of calamity.
“It’s not good because of course people will misconstrue. But on the other hand, if the intention is to hasten the release of funds, then its better,” said the Malay official.
Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources chairperson Senator Cynthia Villar allayed the concerns of stakeholders in Boracay in case the President pushes through with declaring a state of calamity.
“Parang more power lang kasi if they go through the process, mabagal. Mapapabilis lang,” said Villar.
(It’s like adding more power because if they go through the process, it’s slow. It is just to hasten the process.)
The committee chair is leading the investigation on the alleged violation of environmental laws by several establishments in Boracay.
The LGU, meantime, vows to cooperate with the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte. — Maris Federez | UNTV News & Rescue