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Forced demolition begins on illegal structures in Boracay beachfront

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Authorities knock down an establishment in Boracay for violating the easement rule

BORACAY, Philippines – The Boracay Interagency Rehabilitation Management group forcibly knocked down a privately-owned resort on the island for violating the easement rule.

Interagency General Manager Natividad Bernardino said the owner of the Boracay Plaza Resort was already given an ultimatum to self-demolish but failed to comply with the order.

“Out of the 10, ito na lang ang hindi gumagalaw (it is the only establishment that did not comply) and there is no intention at all of doing voluntary demolition. The rest have complied, completely complied. Others partially (but siya) nagtutuloy tuloy pa rin (but they still continued their operation) so we were forced to do demolition it ourselves,” Bernardino said.

Authorities issued an order to undertake voluntary demolition on April 27, 2018, to Boracay Plaza Resort along with other non-compliant establishments.

The structure was also issued with closure order on February 24, 2019 for continuously operating despite the violation.

It was given a 15-day ultimatum on March 4 to self-demolish but it remained defiant on the deadline.

Authorities have begun their inventory to ensure that no items in the resort will be lost while the demolition is ongoing.

Bernardino clarified that the entire structure will not be knocked down but only the portion that violates the 30-meter and 12-meter beach easement policy.

Meanwhile, self-demolitions in other resorts and establishments are now ongoing following the issuance of the demolition order.

“Sa totoo lang, it’s to their interest and advantage if they finish it at the soonest possible time so they can start operating at ma-recoup na nila ang kanilang expenditures and loses during the closure,” Bernardino concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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Demolition warning issued against non-compliant Boracay establishments

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2019

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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14 establishments in Puerto Galera ordered closed

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: White Beach in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, looking towards the west end. (Credits: Eugene Alvin Villar via Wikipedia)

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered 14 establishments in Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro to clear out its beaches in the next 30 days.

DENR noted that the establishments are located along the shorelines of Sabang and White Beach which violates the agency’s requirement of “three-meter easement zone.”

Also among the establishments’ violations is improper disposal of wastewater.

The 14 establishments ordered to vacate the area include:

  1. Ocean Dream Lodge
  2. Black Lodging House
  3. Sabang Inn
  4. Sabang Divers
  5. Mangosteen Restaurant
  6. Captn Gregg
  7. Eddies Place Bar and Restaurant
  8. Tinas Sunset Cottages
  9. Restaurant and Dive Center
  10. Montani Beach Resort
  11. I Dive at Casa Mia
  12. Marginor Dinner and Snack
  13. Modem Development Company Inc.
  14. Mermaid Resort Charletan

DENR is readying to conduct demolition should the owners refuse to adhere to the voluntary dismantle order.

Currently, Task Force Galera is reviewing the operations of around 500 establishments in Sabang and White Beach which are popular tourist destinations in Oriental Mindoro. — UNTV News & Rescue

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