TAGBILARAN CITY – The city government is still putting moratorium of issuing endorsement for landfill or reclamations in effect, city administrator Leonides Borja said over radio program yesterday. The reclamation issue surfaced lately as some of the landfill projects along the city’s shorelines continue to grow rapidly. Borja said that the city government stops issuing endorsement to the Department of Envirnment and Natural Resources (DENR) to approve of said landfill projects since the city is still reviewing the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). A proposed Ordinance No. 02-15, prescribing guidelines before any action can be taken by the Sangguniang Panlungsod on applications with the DENR for foreshore lease, miscellaneous sale, special land use and environmental compliance certificate and other similar applications, has been included in city council’s agenda on Friday’s joint session with barangay Cogon legislators.
Despite mushrooming of so-called development in terms of infrastructure and the like, not one reclamation project within the city’s 13 kilometers of shorelines “has been granted approval,” yet by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA). This is one of the stark findings of the Tagbilaran City Foreshore Audit conducted on December 2012 by the group composed of the city planning office, technical working group (TWG) of the Foreshore Audit team and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
The study has pinpointed some breach of the foreshore laws. These, including local government units, are: Bohol Tropics Resort Club, Alturas Group of Companies, JJs Seafoods Restaurant, Ramiro Hospital, Bohol Quality Corp., Villa Alzhun Inn and Restaurant, CrabHouse, Jun Mercado, Barangay Poblacion II, Pobalcion I, Barangay Mansasa, Cogon, and Bo-ol, the study said.
The study said that Bohol Tropics has applied for 1.336 hectares but in actual, only .3 has. have been reclaimed.
Alturas applied for .398 has., (actual: .5ha.); JJs applied for .552 ha. (actual: .552 has.); Ramiro Hospital applied for .327 ha. (actual:.327); Bohol Quality applied for 2.327 has. (actual: 5.6 has.); Villa Alzhun Inn & Restaurant applied none (actual: .05 ha.; Jun Mercado applied for none (actual: .04 ha). For a total of 8.369 has., the study said.
Barangay Poblacio II applied for none (actual: .088). It houses the Barangay hall, Senior citizens office, Philippine coast Guard, Maritime Police, K of C and League of Municipalities of the Philippines.
Others include Barangay Booy applied for 4.6 has. (actual: zero); Barangay Cogon applied for 3.6 has. (actual: .8 ha.); Poblacion II applied for 7.673 (actual: 6.47 has.); Baragay Poblacion I applied for 7.9 has. (actual: zero); Mansasa applied for 8.8 has. (actual: 1.05 has.); and Barangay Bool applied for 3.08 has. (actual: .04 ha.), the audit study said.
The city territorial jurisdiction comprised of 32.2 square kilometers composed of 15 barangays, the study said.
City Resolution No. 12-72 has been enacted adopting “A Happy Livable City of 2020 Program: The Family Haven of the Philippines,” in accordance with the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), the study pointed out. (rvo)