SAN FABIAN– The planned cleaning and clearing of the San Fabian Beach on orders of President Rodrigo Duterte gained the support of Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia.
De Venecia said this will be good for the town’s tourism program even as he admitted that the move comes with a sacrifice because present stakeholders at the San Fabian Beach may soon be ordered to demolish their illegal structures.
He said the cleaning and clearing of San Fabian Beach of illegal structures initially and all beaches in the province is part of the directive of the President when he ordered the closure of the island tourist resort in Boracay and ordered its total clean up.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) headed by Raymundo Gayo said the clean up operations will be implemented in Alaminos City and Bolinao too.
Gayo has issued close to 2,000 notices of violations to owners of beach sheds, stores resorts, residential houses and other structures that had encroached on the foreshore area and the salvage zones of the San Fabian Beach.
Recipients of the notices were given within 15 days to answer, and their replies were sent to the DENR regional office in San Fernando, La Union for evaluation.
De Venecia said “What is happening in Boracay is also our source of vision for San Fabian,” adding that it could be done “through the provision of road networks connecting both ends of San Fabian Beach from Nibaliw to Bolasi.”
“Doon sa mga affected stakeholders, I am very sorry because to begin with, these are violations,” De Venecia said.
He said his support for the President’s order will be in the form of providing livelihood to the affected stakeholders for them to have alternative source of income.
He asked the affluent squatters in the beach area to construct new houses in other areas allowed by law.
PENRO defines the foreshore area as the highest reach of water during high tide while the salvage zone afterwards is 20 to 25 meters inland. (Leonardo Micua)
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