Friday, June 8, 2012

Circumferential Road in Boracay - No ECC - No Definite Date on When to Resume Construction

The date for the continuation of the Circumferential Road in Boracay is unclear.

This is while there is no Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR). This was according to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Officer of Aklan Ivene Reyes.

In an interview on Thursday, Reyes said that even before the implementation of the project, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was advised to get an ECC.

However, according to Reyes what seemed to have transpired was that the processing of an ECC was passed to the contractor and it was neglected until a Demand Letter was given by the DENR to stop the construction of the Circumferential Road.

Reyes claimed that aside from having no ECC, the contractor is facing a case for the cutting of a certain area of a mountain for the placement of the contractor’s project and also for the cutting of trees.

But because the project has been stalled especially that the Circumferential Road project will include a part of a lake which is a declared wet land, the PENRO Officer said that it is already the Secretary of the DPWH and the Secretary of DENR who are discussing about the project.

Reyes added that for the meantime it could not be determined when an ECC can be given to the DPWH or contractor for the project to be continued.

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