Survey to split borders ongoing

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 is conducting a survey and delineation in Bantayan, which is a component for the island to be declared alienable and disposable land.

Dr. Eddie Llamedo, spokesperson of DENR 7, said DENR 7 Director Isabelo Montejo issued a special order creating the 17-men team for that purpose.

The team is divided into three teams: the monitoring and supervision has two members, the 20-meter easement zone and demarcation zone has eight members, while the resource assessment team has seven members.


Llamedo said the teams started the survey last Monday. They will submit their findings on Aug. 22.

“The purpose of the survey and delineation is to demarcate the exact boundaries of Bantayan Island,” Llamedo said.

Lack of relocation sites

The land acquisition for relocation sites for super typhoon Yolanda survivors in the islands of Bantayan and Camotes has been an issue because most of the properties in these islands are not titled and only have tax declarations.

Most of the nongovernment organizations and the government are looking for titled lands.

If Bantayan is declared alienable and disposable, properties in the island can then be titled.

“Ilang submission of report kay mao na atong i-submit together sa katong gi-endorse sa Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) nga General Management Plan (GMP) (The report of the team will be submitted together with the GMP that was endorsed by PAMB),”
Llamedo said.

Last month, the PAMB approved Bantayan Island’s draft GMP that will determine areas for mixed-use development, or the multiple use zones, and areas that are strictly for reservation, or strict protection zones.

Llamedo said strict protection zones include the water source of the island, mangrove plantations and turtle-nesting areas, among others.

He said the result of the survey and delineation and the GMP will be submitted to DENR Secretary Ramon Paje for his approval.

If approved, it will be forwarded to the Senate.


Llamedo said the result of the survey and delineation and the GMP are among the requirements for the approval of the bill that seeks to de-establish the Bantayan Island Wilderness Area (Biwa).

In 2011, Rep. Benhur Salimbangon’s (Cebu, 4th district) bill converting Bantayan Island into alienable and disposable land was approved by the House of Representatives.

It was referred to a committee in the Senate for review.

Llamedo said a counterpart bill was filed by Sen. Chiz Escudero.

He said that in 2009 the Regional Trial Court Branch 28 issued an order that Biwa should have a GMP.

Llamedo said DENR is just complying with the court order and supporting the bill to de-establish Bantayan Island.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Red Cross, in cooperation with International Federation of Red Cross, targets to give shelter assistance to 5,000 families affected by Yolanda in northern Cebu.

Santiago Sinsuan III of the safety services training center of Red Cross Cebu City, said they’re still selecting beneficiaries.

Sinsuan said they’re offering on-site shelter assistance where the survivor has his own land. They’re also moving families whose houses were destroyed to relocation sites. They also giving 10 galvanized iron sheets and P10,000 cash t each family as part of their core shelter assistance program.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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