DENR tells 14 establishments to leave Puerto Galera easement zone
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in MIMAROPA served 14 establishments with ‘notices to vacate’ and to remove voluntarily the structures they have built on easement zones in Sabang and White Beach — two popular beaches in Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.
This, as the agency moves on with its cleanup of major tourist destinations in the region.
The notices were specifically served to Tina’s Sunset Cottages, Restaurant & Dive Center, Ocean Dream Lodge, Paradise Dive Zone Resort, Corp., Pink & Black Lodging House, Montani Beach Resort, Sabang Inn, Sabang Divers, Mangosteen Restaurant , Dive Dojo, Mermaid Resort Charletan, Inc., Modem Development Company Inc., Captn Gregg, Eddie’s Place Bar & Restautant, Marginor Diner & Snack, and I Dive at Casa Mia.
Except for Marginor Diner & Snack and I Dive at Casa Mia, which are in Barangay San Isidro, the rest are in Barangay Sabang.
The establishments were given 30 days to comply.
“We hope they will be responsible enough to remove the structures they have built on easement zones within that period. The sooner we can start the rehabilitation of Sabang andWhite Beach, the better,” DENR MIMRAROPA Assistant Regional Director and Task Force Galera Chair Vicente Tuddao, Jr. said.
Apart from clearing up the three-meter easement zone, Task Force Galera also inspected establishments for compliance to environmental regulations such as securing discharge permit, environmental compliance certificate, permit to operate, hazardous waste registration, compliance to solid waste segregation, and having a Pollution Control Officer.
The absence of proper wastewater disposal facility, aggravated by overcrowding of structures along the beaches, is seen as a major source of coliform contamination of Sabang and White Beach.
Water quality tests in five sampling stations in Puerto Galera from 2009 to 2017 show high fecal coliform levels, DENR said.
DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Natividad Bernardino said notices of violations shall also be served in the coming days to establishments found violating environmental rules.