LIST: 11 Chinese, Korean businesses in Boracay ordered closed
Robie de Guzman • May 21, 2019 • 11780
Several business establishments owned by foreign nationals on Boracay island have been ordered closed by the government.
In a list released on Tuesday, eleven restaurants and other businesses mostly owned by Chinese and Korean nationals were shut down for lack of necessary permits to operate.
Establishments ordered for closure are listed below:
1. Bella’s Bar and Restaurant
2. Great Wall Inn and Restaurant
3. Old Captain Cuisine
4. Ken Minimart
5. Ken St.
6. Island Staff Restaurant
7. Coco Spa
8. Kim Ji Man
9. W Hostel Boracay Dragon
10. VIP Souvernir Shop
11. YH World Network Services, Inc.
The list was released by the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group following a crackdown and inspection of businesses with names and signage written in foreign characters from May 7 to May 9, 2019.
Out of the 49 establishments inspected, the 11 stores listed were found without mayor’s permit while 14 were unable to complete requirements in putting up a business as stated in a local ordinance.
Closure order for these establishments has been issued by the Office of the Municipal Mayor following a recommendation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Authorities said these establishments will not be allowed to operate until they are found to be compliant with the local ordinance articulating the process that must be followed when opening a business in the world-renowned island. (with details from Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the planting of bamboo trees along the banks of Cagayan to help prevent a repeat of the floods that submerged parts of Cagayan and Isabela provinces during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
The DENR said Cimatu issued that directive following a meeting with the Build Back Better Task Force created by President Rodrigo Duterte to oversee the rehabilitation of areas devastated by recent typhoons.
Cimatu co-chairs the task force with Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.
Cimatu told the DENR regional offices in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and CALABARZON to ensure the availability of bamboo planting materials and to identify areas along the river channels that are most suitable for bamboo propagation under the government’s Enhanced National Greening Program.
The DENR chief said they picked bamboo as it is ideal for stabilizing riverbanks given its high survival rate.
“The survival rate of bamboo is much higher and it has a faster growth rate compared to other trees,” he said, adding that bamboos also have the potential to be “a sustainable source of livelihood for the people of Cagayan Valley while protecting the integrity of Cagayan River.”
In the same meeting, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona said the DENR’s move to plant bamboo trees offers an opportunity to look into the economic importance of bamboo.
Lantayona said the DTI has been producing engineered bamboo, but its facilities cannot operate at full capacity because there is currently a lack of bamboo supply.
“Cimatu’s push to mainstream engineered bamboo as a major alternative to timber will finally enable the full implementation of Executive Order (EO) 879,” she said.
Under EO 879, at least 25 percent of the annual requirement of school desks and chairs of all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide should be made of bamboo.
It also directs the DENR – through its Forest Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Laguna Lake Development Authority – to use bamboo as the planting material for at least 20 percent of its annual reforestation and rehabilitation areas.
“This should be done especially in provinces and towns which are engaged in or have the potential to engage in bamboo-based industries or where trees are difficult to grow because of poor site quality, susceptibility to erosion or adverse and steep gradients,” the DENR said.
“We will look into the old river and how the river became narrower through the years,” Cimatu said.
“We will restore the original width of the Marikina River,” he added.
At the same time, Cimatu said the DENR will look into the complaint of the Marikina City government over the alleged reclamation project along the river, which has not secured an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the environment department.
“Definitely, there should be no reclamation. I will really implement the easement law,” he said.
Cimatu said he has directed the DENR-National Capital Region office to look into the non-issuance of ECC, the reclamation, and the retaining wall built along the riverbanks.
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