The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Region 7 creates the Regional Foreshore Area Task Force (RFATF) for Mactan Island, Cebu and Panglao Island, Bohol to enforce environmental laws and protect the region’s tourism sites for present and future generations.


DENR Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said that the two teams will conduct inventory and inspection of all establishments near or within the foreshore areas. The group will come up with an updated list of establishments violating environmental laws, operating without tenurial instruments and building structures outside their property limits. This will include violators of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (R.A. 9003) and the Philippine Clean Water Act (RA 9275).


The RAFTF teams will coordinate with the Environmental Management Bureau- Region 7, and the concerned Local Government Units for the conduct of their operations.


The Regional Foreshore Area Task Force is given a certain period of time to complete the said inventory and to recommend possible issuance of Notice of Violations (NOVs), penalties equivalent to fees they should have been paying on tenurial instrument from the date their operations started or filing of appropriate charges against the offender.


“We do not want the same situation in Boracay to happen in Panglao and Mactan Islands. Together with the local government units and EMB-Region 7, the task force will be monitoring on the establishments’ compliance to environmental laws, rules and regulations” Gonzales emphasized.


Gonzales also said, “Panglao Island in Bohol and Mactan Island in Cebu in Central Visayas are the most frequently visited sites for the tourism industry in the Philippines. I believe that with the coordination of the city and municipal government in the implementation of the environmental laws, the protection and conservation of our natural resources, our environment will allow all people to live well, now and in the future.” ###


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