Demolition in Panglao given 7-day ultimatum

The delayed implementation of the demolition order for illegal structures in Panglao was given a seven-day ultimatum before a final report will be rendered to Sec. Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) who personally came to inspect the beach resorts here four months ago.

Regional Director Shalimar Tamayo of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said this ultimatum was given last Thursday to Panglao Mayor Pedro Fuertes who continues to delay the implementation of the demolition orders issued by the local DENR under Salem Quiwag,

This despite the strongly worded letters issued by the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) to the mayor asking him to implement the demolition order.

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The mayor said the non-implementation of the order came as an off-shoot of his decision to give some resort owners the time to conduct their so-called “rehabilitation” of their beaches.

Director Tamayo together with DENR Regional Director Guilbert Gonzales and EMB Director William Cunado personally visited Mayor Fuertes last Thursday to confront the latter on his non-implementation.

The DOT official said their “jobs will be on the line” if they will not be able to implement the demolition order issued by the DENR following Sec. Cimatu’s inspection here.  He said the non-implementation is monitored by Presidential Assistant for Visayas Mike Dino.

During the last visit of Dino, he likewise warned Mayor Fuertes for not implementing the demolition order.

PENRO Salem Quiwag informed the Chronicle last night that a meeting was called by Mayor Fuertes at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning amid pressures to finally implement these demolition orders issued by DENR.



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