80 resorts in Boracay face demolition

Posted at Jan 02 2013 03:29 PM | Updated as of Jan 02 2013 11:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - At least 80 establishments on Boracay island face possible demolition by March this year for building too close to the water line, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said Wednesday.

Speaking to radio dzMM, Jimenez said a government task force, composed of the tourism, environment, health, justice and interior and local government departments, have finalized a list of 80 establishments that violated the easement portion area of the 4-kilometer white sand beach in Boracay.

Jimenez said the 80 establishments have been "quietly informed" about their violations and ordered to self-demolish by the end of the peak season in March.

"By March, they should have self-demolished. Karamihan niyan pwede na nilang gawan ng paraan. On their own, pwede na nilang gawin ang corrective measures. They can already do the easement,  25 meters from the water line so all those in violation have been informed very quietly. However, they should know that after March, it will not be very quiet if they have not done what they are supposed to do. We will have to remove it for them," he said.

RADIO DZMM, January 2, 2013