Cordova town mayor tells operators of floating, fixed cottages to follow rules

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CORDOVA, Cebu Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan has told owners of floating and fixed commercial cottages to follow the guidelines set by his office if they want to continue their operations in the town.

Suan made the statement after the town’s flag-raising ceremony that was streamed on his official Facebook page on Monday morning, July 25, 2022.

Suan said he learned that an operator of floating cottages allegedly insisted on putting additional cottages in their town’s coast despite his order to stop the construction as he aims to regulate the tourism business in a proper manner.

“Wa ta nagpasira sa atong mga floating cottages pero atong gipahunong ang uban pa nga nagtrabaho kay wa pa gani nato mapahimutang, nagsige na og trabaho na sad ang uban,” said Suan, who did not mention the number of floating cottages that are operating in the town in his speech.

(I’m not ordering the closure of floating cottages but I ordered the stoppage of others that are still und er construction because everything is not yet in order and there are operators who are constructing cottages.)

Surprise inspection

The mayor futher said that not less than five sacks of garbage could be seen under about 150 to 200 fixed cottages in the town during his surprise inspection last Sunday, July 24.

Some cottages were already equipped with portable toilets but Suan noticed that only a few liters of waste could be stored in them.

He, however, expressed gratitude towards the owners for their immediate action after he threatened to close their cottages should they fail to equip these with comfort rooms or portable toilets on July 18.

Should they want to continue their operations, Suan urged the owners to monitor their renters and remind them to always observe the proper disposal of waste.

“Usbon nako, wala ko nangita og away. Akong gipahimutang lang ang inyohang negosyo. Ayaw ko unhi kay dili ko moatras kay gusto ko nga motabang sa lungsod sa (I repeat, I’m not looking for a fight. I’m trying to help regulate your business. Don’t challenge me first because I will not back down. I just want to help our town of) Cordova,” Suan said.

The mayor is looking into the possibility of purchasing a pump boat equipped with suction machine to collect everything inside the septic tanks of the cottages, adding that owners would just have to pay fees to the Municipal Government.

In a separate interview, Vice Mayor Victor Tago said they will regulate floating and fixed cottages to invite more tourists and make them an association for them to help the town.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas conducted on July 20 a beach water quality check within the vicinity of floating and fixed cottages in Cordova town and it is set to release the result within this week. On July 25, Engineer Cindylyn Cabrera-Pepito, information officer of the Environmental Management Bureau in Central Visayas, told SunStar Cebu that they are still waiting for the laboratory results.

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