EXCLUSIVE: DAR conducts aerial inspection over Boracay; concludes all structures are ‘illegal’

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Boracay Island

BORACAY, Philippines – Agrarian Reform Undersecretary John Castriciones conducted an aerial inspection on Boracay Island Wednesday together with members of UNTV News Team.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has affirmed that all structures on Boracay Island can be considered illegal based on the declared land classification of the island.

“Ang nakita namin ay puro illegal structures ( We saw a lot of illegal structures). We can say that these are illegal structures because wala namang (there was no) conversion order na nangyari (that happened) ,” Castriciones said.

DAR’s record shows that 600 hectares of the more than 1,000 hectares total land area of Boracay are declared agricultural land under Proclamation 1064 issued in 2006.

The inspection was in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to assess productive lands in the island and distribute them to qualified beneficiaries.

Based on DAR’s initial inspection, about 15 hectares of land is feasible for reform and distribution. Castriciones said priority in DAR’s distribution list are the indigenous community and farmers who are natives in the island.

At present, DAR is ongoing with its land verification in Boracay. The agency will create a task force who will continue the validation process of the remaining agricultural land. – Lalaine Moreno / Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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