A RECLAMATION plan in Toledo City has hit a snag following a clarification from Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Visayas that it has not approved a permit to clear 11.76 hectares of a waterfront area in Toledo City.
DENR 7 also did not recommend to the Department Secretary to issue an area clearance for a proposed reclamation project in Barangay Poblacion along the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape stretching from the port area to Lawis area.
DENR 7 Director Paquito Melicor made this clear in his Sept. 9, 2020 letter to Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia, who represents Cebu’s third district to which Toledo City belongs.
Melicor also said that on Aug. 27, 2020, the Toledo City Government has even requested for a re-evaluation or re-assessment of the proposed reclamation project.
Toledo City Public Information Officer Roseller Layan said the City is still working on the requirements for the reclamation proposal.
The City has proposed to reclaim 11.76 hectares of waterfront area in Barangay Poblacion, stretching from the port area to Lawis area along the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape.
On Aug. 21, Cimatu gave the city the green light to proceed in the processing of the proposed reclamation project.
The proposed reclamation project was first initiated by former mayor John Henry Osmeña. However, due to some environmental concerns of some environmental groups, as well as the suspension of Osmeña, the local government unit failed to proceed with the project immediately. / JJL