Penro asks LGU: Stop de­vel­op­ment in Ili­han

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Ros­alie O. Abatayo COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Penro) has rec­om­mended to the Toledo City gov­ern­ment to is­sue a cease and de­sist or­der against the sub­di­vi­sion site de­vel­op­ment i n Barangay Ili­han af­ter not­ing ten­sion cracks in the area dur­ing their in­spec­tion last De­cem­ber 2.

Barangay of­fi­cials from Ili­han and Mag­dugo, an ad­join­ing vil­lage, asked for an in­spec­tion of the area af­ter a mi­nor land­slide oc­curred near the site de­vel­op­ment last De­cem­ber 1.

The Penro team noted that there were ground fis­sures near the crown of the land­slide.

The site de­vel­op­ment project which was granted a per­mit by the city’s build­ing of­fice was un­der the name of a cer­tain Jose Soro­neo, a stock­holder of West Green and Gates De­vel­op­ment Corp.

The 1.5-hectare prop­erty was to be de­vel­oped by West Green into a one-storey hous­ing project.

Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO) chief Bal­tazar Tri­bunalo said Penro for­warded to them a copy of the ground assess­ment re­port, task­ing them to con­duct a risk assess­ment in the area.

How­ever, Tri­bunalo said they are puz­zled by how the de­vel­op­ment in the area pro­gressed be­cause of the ir­reg­u­lar holes that the de­vel­oper dug. “The per­mit was site de­vel­op­ment pero nahibu­long mi basin naa nay trea­sure hunt­ing, kay kung site de­vel­op­ment nganong in­gon ana na man kadagko ang

gikalot,” said Tri­bunalo. Ac­cord­ing to the site in­spec­tion re­port, the ten­sion cracks found sur­round­ing the prop­erty are about 20 to 30 cm wide and 30 to 50 cm deep.

“The team noted that Mr. Soro­neo was also con­duct­ing site de­vel­op­ment or ex­ca­va­tion works at the up­per por­tion (south­west) of the sub­ject area which is al­ready out of the ap­plied lot and project,” the in­spec­tion re­port read.

Tri­bunalo said the Toledo City LGU has al­ready is­sued a CDO against the site de­vel­op­ment on Thurs­day pend­ing fur­ther risk assess­ment of the PDRRMO and the Toledo City DRRMO. The re­port said there are 20 house­holds lo­cated about 300 me­ters from where the ten­sion cracks were noted. Lawyer Ino­cen­cio Dela Cerna, coun­sel of West Green, how­ever, said there was no CDO is­sued against the site de­vel­op­ment as far as they are con­cerned.

“We re­ceived a let­ter yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) from the of­fice of Mayor [John Henry] Osmeña telling us to tem­po­rar­ily stop the quarry oper­a­tions in the area.

But the de­vel­op­ment in the area is not a quarry oper­a­tion but a sub­di­vi­sion de­vel­op­ment,” Dela Cerna said in a phone in­ter­view.

Dela Cerna added that the com­pany was is­sued with all nec­es­sary per­mits from con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies which they will present should there be a call for them to ex­plain.

He also be­lied ru­mors that the site de­vel­op­ment was only a front to a “trea­sure hunt­ing” ac­tiv­ity in the area.

“Our per­mit is for site de­vel­op­ment of a sub­di­vi­sion. There is no trea­sure hunt­ing in­volved. As far as the de­vel­op­ment is con­cern, we have all the nec­es­sary per­mits and re­quire­ments. We also have the haul­ing per­mit from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment. The haul­ing was for us to dis­pose of the loose soil and not for quar­ry­ing,” Dela Cerna said.

Dela Cerna, how­ever, clar­i­fied that the site de­vel­op­ment is cur­rently halted, not be­cause of the CDO, but be­cause of the con­tin­u­ous rain.

“It so hap­pened that there were fis­sures and cracks noted near it but the de­vel­op­ment has noth­ing to do with it. WestGreenandGate­shas al­ready con­tracted the ser­vices of a geo­science ex­pert to as­sess the area,” said Dela Cerna.

(CDN PHOTO/ROS­ALIE O. ABATAYO)

Per­son­nel from the Pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Penro) have asked the Toledo City gov­ern­ment to stop the site de­vel­op­ment in Barangay Ili­han af­ter a mi­nor land­slide hap­pened.

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