Don’t close re­sorts with­out due process

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Misamis Ori­en­tal Gover­nor Yevgeny ‘Bambi’ Emano on Mon­day, April 16, hit the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources-North­ern Mind­nao (DENR-10) for the of­fice’s sup­posed fail­ure to check whether re­sorts in the prov­ince are com­ply­ing with en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and reg­u­la­tions.

Emano made the state­ment in re­ac­tion to re­ports that an in­spec­tion team from the DENR-10 has be­gan look­ing into, among oth­ers, the land ti­tles of prop­erty own­ers op­er­at­ing re­sorts in Opol, Laguindin­gan, and Ini­tao towns.

“They should have done it a long time ago be­fore peo­ple started con­struct­ing re­sorts. Ayha na lang sila karon tun­god sa is­sue sa Bo­ra­cay (Why now af­ter the Bo­ra­cay is­sue). Wala nila gibuhat com­pletely ilang man­date (They did not com­pletely do their man­date),”Emano said.

Emano said he has noth­ing against the DENR-10 go­ing around the prov­ince but said he wants to get an as­sur­ance from the of­fice that re­sorts that in­cur vi­o­la­tions will not be ar­bi­trar­ily closed.

The gover­nor said he will op­pose and chal­lenge clo­sure or­ders with­out con­sul­ta­tion and op­por­tu­nity for re­sorts own­ers

to be ac­corded with due process.

He said re­sorts that will be shut down by the DENR-10 for sup­posed vi­o­la­tions should re­ceive help and as­sis­tance from the depart­ment so they can have the op­por­tu­nity to re­cover their in­vest­ments.

“Uyon mi sa in­ves­ti­ga­tion pero su­pak mi nga ipasara di­retso es­pe­cially Seven Seas nga nag­dala og dun­gog sa Misamis Ori­en­tal (The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is ok but we will op­pose if re­sorts will be closed down right away es­pe­cially Seven Seas which gave honor to the prov­ince),” Emano said.

“Imag­ine the many peo­ple who will lose their liveli­hood and source of in­come,”Emano said.

Emano said he has or­dered the pro­vin­cial tourism of­fice to con­sti­tute a team to study the is­sues.

He said there should be a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units of the af­fected towns, the capi­tol, DENR-10, and other stake­hold­ers.

He said he is will­ing to set up a di­a­logue with all af­fected en­ti­ties and agen­cies.

“I am will­ing to me­di­ate and go through the process. Hi­nay-hi­nayon lang dili kali­ton ang mga re­sort own­ers,”Emano said.

“Kung ilang ipasara karon dayon ang mga re­sorts nga bu­tang ta naay ka­su­pakan sig­u­rado ko nga kita sa Misamis Ori­en­tal ang ilang pinakauna ni­lang makon­tra le­gal (If DENR in­sists to im­me­di­ately close re­sorts for sup­posed vi­o­la­tions, the capi­tol will face them in a le­gal bat­tle) ,”he added.

Emano said he is await­ing the of­fi­cial re­port fol­low­ing the in­spec­tions con­ducted by DENR-10.

Of­fi­cials of the DENR-10 con­firmed last week that they have started the in­spec­tions and in­ven­to­ries of re­sorts that have failed to com­ply with en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and reg­u­la­tions.

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Seven Seas Wa­ter Park

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