Elizaldes clear D’Mall property from Boracay mess
They are not one of the supposed violators being eyed by the government.
The bilyonaryo Elizalde clan cleansed their hands about dirtying Boracay, as the government is now recommending a one-year shutdown of the island for a major cleanup drive.
In a statement, the Elizalde-owned D’Mall Boracay said that their establishment is not built on wetlands, contrary to claims made by regulators.
“D’Mall is a sprawling, outdoor shopping and dining center located between Station 1 and Station 2 in Barangay Balabag, Boracay Island. Based on tax declaration documents filed with the local government, the area where
D’Mall was constructed was a composite of lands that were classified as Commercial, Agricultural, Residential, and Cocal, referring to lands planted with coconut trees,” the company said.
It pointed out that the mangrove and swamp area being referred is actually located across the barangay from D’Mall.
“As a matter of good corporate governance and being a pioneering developer in Boracay, we have always known that it’s the pristine beauty of the island that makes it a global attraction,” said Atty. Rudolph Jularbal, Head of the Legal and Regulatory Compliance Group for D’Mall.
“D’Mall has been strictly following environment-friendly waste management procedures for both solid waste and sewage,” Jularbal added. “D’Mall has consistently practiced daily garbage segregation as part of its solid waste management procedures.”
This comes after three government agencies jointly recommended a one-year closure of all establishments in the top tourist spot for major renovations and knockdowns of illegal structures, following orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to clean up the white sand beaches there.