Saturday, January 19, 2013

LGU Malay, “Blind” as to what illegal structures are to be torn down

The Local Government of Malay is still sightless or “blind” as to what establishments in Boracay beach front are on the list for demolition.

According to Malay Municipal Planning Officer and Zoning Officer Alma Beliherdo, they haven’t received any official list from the National Boracay Task Force until now.

The mentioned Task Force laid the plan on the demolition of illegal structures on the island.

Previously, Aklan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Iven Reyes mentioned that 293 establishments and or illegal structures are set to be torn down.

Yesterday, a dialogue occurred between the stakeholders and the task force lead by Atty. Helen J. Catalbas, Regional Director of DOT-6 and the spokesperson for this issue.

However Beliherdo said that even the local government was not invited to the said talk, thereby leaving them with no idea of what has transpired.

Nonetheless, based on the Zoning Officer’s initial knowledge, Station 1 will be much affected since the area has a number of illegal structures such as sea walls and tents set on the beach line.

She added that there will be no demolition of resorts as it is only their extensions which are within the 25+5 meter easement, except from a certain bar which will be entirely removed.

The task force had earlier said that they plan to have this implemented on the coming March or April.

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