After Boracay, Palawan, DENR sets cleanup drive in Calabarzon beaches
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office has scheduled an inventory of resort establishments and beaches across the Calabarzon region — comprised of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon — as early as possible.
DENR Calabarzon Regional Director Dr. Sofio B. Quintana on Tuesday said the inventory and site inspections would be conducted by their field units to ensure the compliance of establishments with environmental and natural resources (ENR) laws.
Quintana slated the inventory after meeting with the regional environment officials and field officers at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in this town.
He said the listing of establishments and inspections would be conducted to avoid a repeat of the Boracay situation where buildings and other structures encroached into the 25-meters shoreline and the 5-meter easements which violate environment and natural resources laws.
He said the law prohibted the establishment of structures or buildings within the 30-meter easement of the shorelines.
He also directed the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and CENRO officers to ensure that what happened in Boracay — where illegal structures have been constructed in its shorelines and damaged the natural resources and rock formations — must not happen in any resort or beach in the region.
The DENR central office has directed 14 regional teams to conduct the inventory of the resort establishments; issue notice of violation or notice of demolition and other breaches of the ENR laws in their jurisdictions.(Gideon Belen/PNA)
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