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The Boracay Interagency Rehabilitation Management group forcibly knocked down a privately-owned resort on the island for violating the easement rule.
Interagency General Manager Natividad Bernardino said the owner of the Boracay Plaza Resort was already given an ultimatum to self-demolish but failed to comply with the order.
“Out of the 10, ito na lang ang hindi gumagalaw (it is the only establishment that did not comply) and there is no intention at all of doing voluntary demolition. The rest have complied, completely complied. Others partially (but siya) nagtutuloy tuloy pa rin (but they still continued their operation) so we were forced to do demolition it ourselves,” Bernardino said.
Authorities issued an order to undertake voluntary demolition on April 27, 2018, to Boracay Plaza Resort along with other non-compliant establishments.
The structure was also issued with closure order on February 24, 2019 for continuously operating despite the violation.
It was given a 15-day ultimatum on March 4 to self-demolish but it remained defiant on the deadline.
Authorities have begun their inventory to ensure that no items in the resort will be lost while the demolition is ongoing.
Bernardino clarified that the entire structure will not be knocked down but only the portion that violates the 30-meter and 12-meter beach easement policy.
Meanwhile, self-demolitions in other resorts and establishments are now ongoing following the issuance of the demolition order.
“Sa totoo lang, it’s to their interest and advantage if they finish it at the soonest possible time so they can start operating at ma-recoup na nila ang kanilang expenditures and loses during the closure,” Bernardino concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Vincent Arboleda)