DENR to evict 1,000 ‘squatters in Boracay
Over 1,000 households and hotel owners in Boracay, Aklan will be kicked out for illegally occupying the island timberland, said the top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas.
DENR-6 Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna, in an interview Friday afternoon, said the agency’s inventory of the illegal occupants in Boracay were concentrated in in the island’s 400-hectare timberland.
“There is a portion there that is occupied by individuals, they have houses made of cement and there are even hotels, but they were established within a timberland,” Sampulna said.
Sampulna said he would hold a technical conference with the identified illegal forest occupants to urge them to vacate the area. HE said the DENR has allocated an area in Malay, Aklan for their relocation.
“If they will not leave, I will file a case against them,” Sampulna warned. As of now, Sampulna said that there was no initial commitment from these illegal occupants.
“This is what we are telling them to do or else they will be imprisoned. I do not need their commitment because they are in the property of the government and I intend to reforest those areas,” Sampulna said. (PNA)