Ollie Quiniquini, Manila (2008-02-18)

THE Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has stopped all construction in Boracay until July after flash floods inundated parts of the island over the holiday season due to the covering up of water valleys and wetla..." />
 
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Construction ban on Boracay
 
Ollie Quiniquini, Manila (2008-02-18)

THE Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has stopped all construction in Boracay until July after flash floods inundated parts of the island over the holiday season due to the covering up of water valleys and wetlands. Newspaper reports quoted DENR secretary, Mr Lito Atienza, as saying: "Boracay cannot handle additional construction without sacrificing the environmental welfare of the island. It is overloaded."

Last August, the DENR declared a six-month moratorium on all new construction pending an assessment of the island's environmental situation. The moratorium however was unheeded by the local government, which continued to issue new building and business permits. The DENR had also left implementation of the moratorium to the local government unit.

Department of Tourism (DoT) secretary, Mr Joseph Durano, blamed Boracay's environmental woes on undisciplined development. He noted the earlier moratorium had failed because the issuance of permits is a revenue-generating activity for the local government. The DoT is thus coming up with a comprehensive land-use plan for proper zoning and identification of the island's no-build areas, including watersheds and forested lands.
- Read all about it in the next issue of TTG Asia

 
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