DENR to stop Villar-led construction in Boracay
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said that he will stop any destructive activity in Boracay, even if it means halting the construction of a massive real estate project owned by the Villar family.
This was his response to the viral Facebook post showing a mountain near the eco-village multi-purpose gym in Boracay that was being flattened to pave way for the construction of a real estate property.
The property is owned by the family of Senator Cynthia Villar and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar.
“Like everyone else, we are also deeply bothered by such acts of total disregard of the government’s effort to rehabilitate Boracay,” Cimatu said.
“To be clear to all that we mean business in the enforcement of environmental laws, rules and regulations, I have ordered, with the concurrence of the Boracay Inter-Agency Taskforce, a total stoppage of all constructions of any kind immediately,” he added.
Cimatu also ordered a moratorium on the issuance of environmental permits, including but not limited to Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), tree cutting permit, except those relating to on-going road widening projects by DPWH.