Forced demolition begins on illegal structures in Boracay beachfront
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
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)
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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