Pangasinan Baywalk Development Council proposed
THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan is set to create the Pangasinan Baywalk Development Council, defining its membership, its functions and appropriating funds for it.
Introduced by Third District Board Member Vici Ventanilla, he said the proposed ordinance is in line with the desire of the provincial administration of Governor Ramon Guico III to put order not only on the baywalks from Lingayen to Binmaley but to San Fabian and possibly including Dagupan.
Ventanilla noted that the baywalk area from Lingayen to Binmaley has become a famous promenade area for tourists not only from Pangasinan but also from other provinces in the country.
Third District Board Member Shiela Baniqued, SP presiding officer pro tempore, referred the proposed ordinance to the committees on environment, natural resources and energy chaired also by Ventanilla, for proper study.
Ventanilla’s committee invited all owners of commercial and residential establishments to a committee hearing next week to find out if they are compliant with all the environment laws and other applicable laws since their structures are only few meters away from the Lingayen Gulf; another committee hearing to find out what government agencies are doing to keep the baywalk from Lingayen to Binmaley clean.
A public hearing will also set for officials of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Provincial Engineering Office, Department of Public Works and Highways and other concerned agencies to institute proper waste management in the baywalk area.
Meanwhile, Second District Rep. Mark Cojuangco called out the presence of some beach resthouses and other residential houses which are within the salvage zone of the Lingayen Gulf, some of which are operating businesses without a building permit nor a business permit from municipal governments.
Cojuangco also cited some establishments that encroached on a large portion of the Philippine Army camp in Barangay San Isidro Norte in Binmaley and wondered who gave them permission to squat at the Philippine Army property. (Leonardo Micua)
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