To give structure owners a chance to comply with the easement zone regulation, Gov. Gwen Garcia issued a moratorium on the demolition of structures along the shorelines of Lambug Beach in Badian town.
This, until Capitol determines the definite measurement of the easement zone, taking into account the high tide and other historical data along the shorelines of the emerging white-sand beach destination in Badian.
This was the announcement made by Gov. Gwen Garcia during a consultative meeting with resort and non-resort owners whose structures located along the shorelines of Lambug Beach have been found violating the 20-meter easement zone from the shoreline, as per survey data presented by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).
The governor decided to intervene after some structure owners contested a previous agreement made in January this year of demolishing these structures, including fences, buildings, and storefronts.
“Para makiangayon, moratorium usa ta, wala usa’y guba,” the governor said on Tuesday, May 16. She also reminded one structure owner to halt the construction of their house, as it is deemed illegal due to the absence of a building permit approved by the Municipality of Badian.
Garcia conducted a consultative meeting with resort and non-resort owners of Lambug Beach to foster understanding and cooperation among the affected stakeholder while ensuring compliance with the necessary regulations.
The implementation of the easement zone, which requires no structures within 20 meters from the highest tide at Lambug Beach, serves to protect individuals from potential calamities and to provide tourists with unrestricted access to the shoreline. This also ensures that the beauty of the beach is protected and preserved from destructive and disruptive structures.
It was previously discussed and agreed last January for the structure owners to comply with this regulation by voluntarily demolishing portions of their structures that encroached on the prohibited zone. While some owners voluntarily demolished portions of their structures, others refused.
The governor also encouraged structure owners to collaborate with the Cebu Provincial Government and seize the opportunity to elevate Lambug Beach to greater success in the future. She emphasized that the beach is currently at its finest and presents an excellent opportunity for increased revenue for structure owners.
Governor Garcia's proactive approach and the support of the Cebu Provincial Government is aimed at striking a balance between compliance with regulations and maintaining Lambug Beach’s allure as a captivating tourist destination.
Capitol will provide support for structure owners who will need improvement through the Province’s Enhanced Countryside Development (ECD) Program.
In addition, Capitol will also implement the Sugbo Negosyo Program to help enhance the business operations of affected structure owners, particularly small enterprises like sari-sari stores and rooms for rent. Each qualifying enterprise will receive a grant of 10,000 pesos, which can be utilized to purchase essential products and equipment to aid in their business improvements. | Ulrica R. Wagas