947 Boracay structures in danger of shutdown
Nearly half of establishments in the island are considered illegal.
The government has one massive clean-up job to do, with 947 of some 1,800 structures in Boracay island built on prohibited spaces, according to Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In an interview with ANC’s Karen Davila, the DILG executive said the numbers came from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“Right now we’re talking about structures also put up in forest land. These are what we call illegal structures because before you put up an infrastructure in the forest land you have to have a license. We’re talking about 947,” Densing said.
The agencies are targeting to start tearing down these illegal settlers starting May — within the planned closure period of the tourist spot — but said that it won’t be easy despite the President’s backing.
“Most structures there are houses, small businesses so were talking about 947. That’s not easy to dismantle. We have to give notices for them to explain why there are there,” the DILG executive added.
The DILG, DENR, and the Department of Tourism are also looking to dismantle structures in so-called wetlands, which supposedly includes the huge D’Mall owned by the Elizaldes.