73% Of Boracay Structures Easement Rule Compliant: DENR

73% Of Boracay Structures Easement Rule Compliant: DENR

Spotlight

SM Scholarship Program Receives Support From SM EDD

SM Foundation’s College Scholarship Program continues its mission to support economically challenged but deserving students by providing them access to quality education!

Save The Children Trains Teachers, Parents To Protect Children From Online Sexual Abuse

How can parents keep their children safe from online predators? Here are some simple tips:

SM Foundation Opens Scholarship Online Application For SY 2021-2022

Want to be an SM Foundation scholar? Here’s what you need to know!

Synergeia Seeks The Best Education-Focused LGUs As Pandemic Reshapes Learning

Which city / municipality excelled in providing good education to its constituents even amidst the pandemic?

The ’25 + 5-meter easement rule’ enforced by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) on structures in the island has so far a compliance rate of 73 percent, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.

During the BIATF virtual presser in Boracay on Wednesday, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu reported that out of the 339 structures on the island, 249 have complied.

DENR director Natividad Bernardino said there are around 90 establishments and residential structures that have not complied with the easement law until this time.

“These are mostly residential structures of informal settlers in Barangay Manoc Manoc. For commercial establishments, 20 na lang yung hindi pa compliant (there are only 20 left that are non-compliant),” Bernardino said.

Cimatu said that the BIATF will still discuss the relocation plans for those affected by the enforcement of the 25 + 5-meter easement rule.

Meanwhile, Cimatu also reported that in October and November, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) together with the Task Force made arrests in Mt. Luho.

“The National Bureau of Investigation, with the Task Force, through the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group conducted operations against 9 establishments occupying protected forestlands in violation of Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forestry Code and PD 1067 or the Philippine Water Code,” Cimatu said.

He added that appropriate cases have already been filed which proves that the rule of law is paramount and that the enforcement of the law is crucial and non-negotiable.

Lawyer Rizaldo Rivera of the NBI said they acted upon the request of Bernardino.

“According to the CENRO (City Environment and Natural Resources Office), PENRO (Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office), and DENR and the TF, there were still confirmed violators, hardcore violators, they were issued notices to vacate, a notice of demolition, show cause order, and none of them complied with the request of the national government,” he said.

Rivera said the NBI presented pieces of evidence and filed appropriate charges before the Provincial Prosecutors’ Office.

Currently, Cimatu said they have already recovered five out of the nine wetlands in Boracay island.

“Wetlands are important to the island because this helps reduce soil erosion and store water to minimize the impacts of flooding. Of the nine wetlands, we have now recovered five. These are wetland numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8,” Cimatu said.

Cimatu added that in November, the DENR recorded the lowest coliform level in Boracay waters at 6.8 most probable number per milliliter from their ambient stations located in New Coast Boracay, Movenpick, Steve’s Cliff, and at the front beach grotto. (PNA)

Zamboanga City Eyes To Vaccinate 70% Of Population

Tinututukan ng Zamboanga city ang pagpapabakuna sa mahigit 70% nitong populasyon kabilang ang mga health workers at matatanda sa priority list.

Iloilo Province, City Ink Deal For Purchase Of Covid-19 Vaccines

Iloilo Province chooses to purchase AstraZeneca AZD 1222 vaccines amounting to PHP200 million.

Consider Vaccine’s Efficacy To Prevent Severe Disease: Expert

Here's what you need to know about getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

Public School Teachers Included In Manila’s Vaccine Priority List

Ang mga public school teachers ang isa sa mga unang makakatanggap ng bakuna, ayon kay Manila Mayor Isko Moreno sa kaniyang Facebook post.

SB19 Joins Lazada PH As New Brand Ambassadors As Part Of Latest #NasaLazadaYan! Campaign

Pinoy boy band SB19 is Lazada PH's new brand ambassador!

PH Covid-19 Recovered Cases Hit 458,206

The overall tally of recovered COVID-19 cases has reached 458,206. However, Davao city tops the most numbered cases with 140 infections.

PH Covid-19 Recoveries Now 459,252

Recovery patients hop to 746 adding a total of 459,252, DOH reports Thursday.

Save The Children Trains Teachers, Parents To Protect Children From Online Sexual Abuse

How can parents keep their children safe from online predators? Here are some simple tips:

2019 TESDA Scholars, Graduates To Receive Toolkits

Congratulations, new graduates!

Antique Hospital Improves Services With New Equipment From DOH

Antique Hospital receives PHP70 million worth of equipment from the DOH.