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DENR-7 Recommends Demolition of Over 1000 Structures Along Coastal Areas of Bantayan Island

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) recommended the demolition of over a thousand structures situated along the coastal areas of Bantayan Island.


According to Community and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of DENR-7 Raul Pasoc, they had sent notices of violation to the owners of the 22 illegal structures in Santa Fe town, more than 700 illegal structures in Bantayan town, and 400 plus illegal structures in Madridejos town.

The towns of Bantayan, Madridejos and Santa Fe comprised the paradise island of Bantayan located in Northern Cebu Province.



CENRO Cebu City Head Raul Pasoc was quoted as saying "Most of these structures in Santa Fe are beach resorts, but in Bantayan and Madridejos, majority are residential houses," Raul Pasoc said.

The CENRO Officer also clarified that the notices of violation had only requested affected structure owners to impose voluntarily demolition.


Raul Pasoc added further that "The LGUs should implement the demolition (of the Illegal structures). But in the case of Bantayan, it is up to the court to decide because of the on-going mandamus," he said.

Earlier, Branch 28 of the Mandaue Regional Trial Court (RTC) ruled that the structures violated Presidential Decree No. 1067, or the Water Code of the Philippines, which prohibits structures inside the easement zones.

An easement zone on a beach is defined as 20 meters from the point reached by high tide.



Pasoc said that out of the 22 establishments in Sta. Fe, only one beach resort had obeyed the notice of violation that they had sent.

Raul Pasoc also warned violators that if they would continue to defy the notices, then the DENR-7 would recommend the filing of charges in court against them.

He also encouraged local chief executives in Bantayan Island to identify a relocation site for affected families, whose residential houses were found to have violated the easement zone and had to be demolished, especially in the towns of Bantayan and Madridejos.



Source: Cebu Daily News

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