MARIBOJOC, Bohol – Officials of this town and nearby municipality of Loon accused the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of depriving them of public consultation and opportunity for development of their territorial jurisdiction. This surfaced when the DENR declared the seabed uplift in coastal areas of the adjacent towns as a result of the earthquake in 2013 as a geological feature without consultation with the towns concerned.
Incumbent Vice-Mayor Frustuoso Redulla of Maribojoc told “Sumada” program over DyTR yesterday that Maribojoc is deprived of the prospects of the coastal uplift neither were they consulted by officials concerned.
He said in vernacular that “mahulog na sa wa jamo” and “gihikawan mi’ pag-develop.” ((We’ve nothing for development on the uplift). He said that some 40 or more hectares ofthe uplift are considered now part of the territorial jurisdiction of this town.
He said that they have already prepared and completed th town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), which covers the development plan of the said area in terms of tourism and economic enterprises. These are being eyed to cushion the impact of those people, particularly the fishers, whose livelihood largely depend much on fishing, including “panginhas.”
Vice-Mayor Redulla said that the municipal council passed a Resolution requesting no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III to cause the issuance of an Executive Order declaring the area as a national geological area.
But before they can hear from the President, DENR has already issued Department Administrative Order for the said declaration, the vice-mayor said.
Incumbent Kagawad Bobong Ladesa of Loon also did not hide his displeasure over the said declaration, adding that Loon also deprived of the opportunity to be heard when they’re not consulted. “Dismayado mi kaayo, gikuhaan pa gud ‘mi,” Ladesa told the same radio program.
The declaration of the said area (seabed uplift) appeared to be a slap on the effort of Congressman Rene Lopez Relampagos, who hails from this town, Ladesa said, referring to the House Bill filed by the solon. The said House Bill aims for the declaration of the uplifted area as a National Geological Monument.
Ladesa quoted Mayor Peter Lloyd Lopez and Vice-Mayor Elvi Relampagos, brother of Cong. Relampagos, as having expressed disappointment over the DENR’s move apparently without public hearing/consultation.
The said radio program is being hoted by Alan Mangmang and Salvio Madanguit. (rvo)