No demolition will take place in Boracay Island as long as there's a pandemic - Cimatu

No demolition will take place in Boracay Island as long as there's a pandemic - Cimatu

Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Roy Cimatu gave his staff ten days to find a solution to the problem of Boracay residents being evicted from no-build zones.

This was agreed upon in the dialogue conducted yesterday at Caticlan, Aklan, between Sec. Cimatu and the residents with Presidential Consultant for Western Visayas Jane Javellana.

Cimatu ordered Regional Executive Director Livido Duran and CENRO Boracay Rhodel Lababit to find any available Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) land for the relocation of 380 informal settlers from the 30 meters easement, wetlands, and forestlands.

They will also check if there will be available relocation sites in mainland Aklan in case they won't find anything on the Island.

Additionally, they'll need to fix the installation of temporary water and electricity connections for those who left and moved to other lots on the Island due to previous demolitions; this was also previously promised by the Boracay Interagency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG) and the local government.

Sec. Cimatu also ordered that there would be no demolition as long as there's a pandemic and if the order has not yet been done.

This is his response to the recently self demolition order sent by Malay Acting Mayor Frolibar Bautista to the residents of Malabunot and Tambisaan.

Recently, with the help of Katodo Jonathan Cabrera and NABBSI, the affected residents were able to directly send a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte because of their awful experiences due to the effect of the ongoing rehabilitation.

That is why the President instructed Cimatu to discuss and solve their problem.

According to Cimatu, only the tourism and environment-related problems on the Island are their mandates, and the issue of relocation for the residents should have been the LGU's obligation.

The BIATF's term will also end on President Duterte's term which is on June 30, 2022.

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