293 beachfront structures violates easement rule – DENR

293 beachfront structures violates easement rule – DENR

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — Some 293 establishments in Boracay are violating the 30-meter shoreline easement rule, according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Cimatu, during his visit to Boracay on Thursday, said these establishments will be served with notice of violation and will be given 15 days to answer.

He said those who violate the easement rule are to be demolished.

“There is a law. We have to follow the law,” Cimatu said.

Of the 293 establishments, 115 are in Barangay Manocmanoc, 160 in Balabag, and 18 in Yapak, based on the inventory conducted by the DENR.

Cimatu also warned to file a case against officials who allowed the construction of the building within the easement.

During his visit, Cimatu led the inspection of some resorts along the beachfront.

He also inspected the wetland and the material recovery facility (MRF) in the island.

Aside from the easement violators, Cimatu said the newly-launched national task force Boracay will crackdown all violating establishments on the island.

The task force composed of more than 120 officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) coming from the 14 regions will be assigned on the island to fulfill the “save Boracay mission” within the six-month deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Cimatu said they will tap the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the demolition of the violating structures.

The secretary is also set to do an inspection of structures in forest lands here this Friday. (Karen Bermejo/Boracay Informer)

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