4 barangays ‘violate’ mayor Chan’s ban on floating cottages

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BARANGAY officials will be held accountable to the Lapu-Lapu City Government if they allow the operation of floating cottages.

This was what Alex Baring, head of the City Agriculture and Fisheries Office, told SunStar Cebu on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022.

He said three floating cottages were found anchored off the coast of Barangay Subabasbas and one each off the coast of Barangays Punta Engaño, Agus and Marigondon.

The six floating cottages originally came from the neighboring town of Cordova, where the operation of floating cottages has been temporarily suspended since Aug. 29 to facilitate the rehabilitation of its polluted seawater.

Baring said some had left the floating cottages near the beach after barangay officials had given them permission.

He said this violated Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan’s order not to allow floating cottages to enter the city’s coastal waters.

Baring said he already asked the operators to show any written approval from the barangays.

“I also called those in charge in the four barangays that if you tolerate these floating cottages there must be a written approval. That way they’ll be answerable to the mayor who explicitly banned floating cottages from entering the city,” he said in Cebuano.

However, Baring said they would need legal action to force operators to remove the floating cottages.

Chan has yet to respond to SunStar Cebu’s queries whether the City Government will take legal action against the operators or the barangay officials concerned.

When the mayor found floating cottages anchored off the coast of Barangay Marigondon on Aug. 27, he gave operators one week to remove them or the City would confiscate what he described as illegal structures.

The unregulated establishment of floating and fixed cottages on and along Cordova’s coast was blamed for the high fecal coliform level in the water, which exceeded the allowable level.

Chan had said he didn’t want the same thing to happen in Lapu-Lapu City.

He said tourists flocked to the city because of its clean beaches and crystal clean waters.