PANGLAO, Bohol, The Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Bohol has issued a ?cease and desist order? (CDO) against Ayacca Marine Resort Hotel and Condominium project in barangay Tangnan in this town for environmental violation. In an interview, PENRO officer-in-charge Nestor Canda said that he caused the issuance of said CDO for the said developer Ayacca from further development activity in the shoreline until such time that necessary permit or license is secure from this office.
In the course of our monitoring and actual site investigation/inspection, your project development encroaches the foreshore area by way of doing reclamation activities without the benefit of securing a Foreshore Lease from DENR, Canda’s order pointed out. Canda?s CDO was dated August 22, 2014 but development works of the project was going on when this writer visited the place. Heavy equipment — two back hoes — were doing the earth works.
A billboard posted at the entrance of the resort site was printed its Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) No. RO7-1406-0105 released on June 18, 2014., also with ?construction permit No. 6566422 released on June 30, 2014. The same billboard showed ?Nikken Construction Inc? as apparently consultant of the developer with address: 11th Floor, Apple One Equicom Tower, Mindanao avenue corner Biliran road, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000 Philippines. Danilo A. Sesbreno is the architect, it showed.
Based on the said ECC issued, the project is situated in said barangay with a total area of 15,841 square meters. It’s expected to develop and operate the following amenities: 40 units of room; 48 units of villas; six (6) units public washrooms/toilets; two (2) units of swimming pools; function hall/convention hall; lobby/reception area; restaurant; 20 slots for parking spaces; garden/landscaping; wastewater treatment; solid waste management facility; and drainage system.
In his letter to Mr. Reno Banawa, president, Ayacca Realty and Development Inc., OIC regional director Engr. William P. Cuñado of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), signed and granted the ECC to the project. The director said ?you are expected to implement the measures presented in the IEEC document, intended to protect and mitigate the project’s adverse impacts on community health, welfare and the environment.
The ECC is issued based on Presidential Decree (PD) 1586 in accordance with Department Order No. 2003-30. ECC provides for set conditions on environmental impact and management plans of the project. Among these is ?no cutting down of trees during project implementation, however, when clearing an area is unavoidable, all affected trees must be earth-balled and transferred elsewhere. Necessary documents such as clearance from the Secretary, balling permit etc. must be secured to the implementation of the project.
But the during the visit, some trees or vegetation have already been uprooted or cut and no more vegetation is found on the beach front area of the project.
Mayor Leonila P. Montero appeared did not like what is going on the project. She mentioned this project during the meeting of the transport stakeholders at the municipal hall to tackle a lot of kinks of the transport sector. But she did not elaborate. Barangay chairman Gatase, in separate interview, did not comment on the project. He just told this writer the project location.