DENR keeps an eye on Cebu and Bohol, creates regional task force
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has created Regional Foreshore Area Task Force (RFATF) to enforce environmental laws in Mactan Island, Cebu and Panglao Island, Bohol.
DENR Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said the teams will conduct inventory and inspection of all establishments near or within the foreshore areas.
“We do not want the same situation in Boracay to happen in Panglao and Mactan Islands. Together with the local government units and EMB-Region 7, the task force will be monitoring on the establishments’ compliance to environmental laws, rules and regulations” Gonzales emphasized.
The task force will come up with an updated list of establishments violating environmental laws, operating without tenurial instruments and building structures outside their property limits. This will include violators of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (R.A. 9003) and the Philippine Clean Water Act (RA 9275).
The RAFTF teams will likewise coordinate with the Environmental Management Bureau- Region 7, and the concerned Local Government Units for the conduct of their operations.
They are given a certain period of time to complete the said inventory and to recommend possible issuance of Notice of Violations (NOVs), penalties equivalent to fees they should have been paying on tenurial instrument from the date their operations started or filing of appropriate charges against the offender.