Voluntary demolition of illegal structures begins in Boracay

Joyce Ann Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2018 02:20 AM

Some establishments along Puka Beach in Boracay Island started dismantling their stalls on Tuesday.

The local government unit of Malay has served notices of violation to more than 30 stall owners along Puka Beach for violating easement rules and sanitary regulations.

"Nasa no-build zone sila. Nasa setback area sila, plus merong violation sa sanitary regulations. Wala silang septic tank at proper disposal system. 'Yung empleyado nag-se-serve ng pagkain na walang health card," said Rowen Aguirre, Executive Assistant to the Mayor.

Most of the stall owners are also residents of Boracay. 

According to some of them, they will cooperate with the authorities, but they are appealing for help from the government to provide them alternative livelihood.

Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is scheduled to visit the island this week to continue his inspection. 

He will inspect the wetland areas within the island. 

Records from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources showed that there are 11 wetland areas in Boracay.

However, seven of the wetland areas have been reclaimed wherein several structures were already built.

"Dapat wala sila doon sa wetlands. Hindi puwedeng palagyan ng buildings doon," Cimatu said during his visit to New Washington Aklan for the Conference of the National Greening Program Implementers.