DENR-Region 7


PANGLAO beach web


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to issue Notices of Violations (NOVs) to 87 establishments in Panglao Island whose structures were found to have encroached the 20-meter easement zone.

DENR-Region 7 Director Gilbert C. Gonzales made the announcement following the submission of the Regional Foreshore Area Task Force its initial assessment and inventory, covering five barangays in the municipalities of Panglao and Dauis, in Bohol.

“The report submitted by the composite team revealed that majority of the structures found within easement in Panglao Island are concrete pathways, native cottages, residential cottages, concrete stairs, swimming pools and seawalls owned by business establishments,” Gonzales said.

“We will issue notices of violations to these establishments and they will be given enough time to comply and conduct voluntary clearing of their illegal structures,” Gonzales added.

Article 51 of Presidential Decree 1067 or the Water Code of the Philippines states that “banks of rivers and streams and the shores of the seas and lakes throughout their entire length and within a zone of three (3) meters in urban area, twenty meters in agricultural areas and forty (40) meters in forest areas, along their margins, are subject to the easement of public use in the interest of recreation, navigation, flotage, fishing and salvage. No person shall be allowed to stay in this zone longer than what is necessary for recreation, navigation, flotage, fishing or salvage or to build structures of any kind.”

Further, the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Water Code indicates that “all easement of public use prescribed for the banks or rivers and the shores of seas and lakes shall be reckoned from the line reached by the highest flood which does not cause inundation or the highest equinoctial tide whichever is higher”.

Gonzales assured the public that the DENR will soon complete the delineation and assessment of the entire Panglao Island, in partnership with local government units.

Earlier, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-Region 7 has already issued NOVs to 321 establishments in Panglao and 30 in Dauin for operating without wastewater discharge permits. Upon serving the NOVs, EMB 7, together with the Bohol Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, conducted a mass technical conference to require owners to comply with the required permits, which include Discharge Permit, Permit to Operate and Registration as Hazardous Waste Generator.

“This is a good start, we will do our best to implement our mandate to protect and conserve our environment in Panglao Island, including Mactan Island, Bantayan Island, among other popular beach destinations in Central Visayas,” said Gonzales.