CEBU: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued a cease and desist order against Psalm Property Venture and Development Corporation (PPVDC) for destroying a number of mangroves by backfilling limestone materials inside a timberland area in Sitio Tulay, Cotcot, Liloan town in Cebu province.
The order was signed by Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer in Cebu City, Raul Pasoc, last July 31 addressed to Avelino Albines that was received on the same day by a certain Nenecris Cataga.
Nearly 200 mangrove trees and shrubs were damaged as a result of the construction of a road network that has an estimated area of 1,500 square meters or five meters in width and 300 meters in length.
“I have directed CENRO Pasoc to closely coordinate with our legal division to file the appropriate case in violation of existing forestry and other environmental laws next week,” said DENR Central Visayas Regional Director Dr. Isabelo Montejo.
“We cannot tolerate the cutting of mangroves for any project as we have been aggressively promoting the continuous protection of mangroves as they play a vital role in climate change mitigation and adaptation,” he added.
Montejo said Republic Act 7161 imposes a total ban on the cutting of mangroves.
“Meaning, we cannot issue a cutting permit or earth-balling of mangroves,” he said.
The said order states, “this has reference on the reported and verified illegal development of Psalm Property Venture and Development Corporation on the proposed La Costa Ivyza Subdivision Project situated at Sitio Tulay, Cotcot, Liloan, Cebu.”
Reports submitted to the regional office from the technical personnel of the DENR station and from the municipal environment and natural resources officer of Liloan, Cebu stated that the project has damaged a portion of the mangrove area through backfilling of limestone.
The order further states that “you [PPVDC] are hereby directed and ordered to immediately cease and desist said illegal development that causes more damage of mangrove vegetation over the area.”