Bantayan Island Beach Resorts to Be Destroyed
I am so confused about what is going on in Bantayan Island regarding the demolition of resorts along the beaches of Bantayan Island. Trying to sort out fact from fiction is also hard.
I read where one owner claims there have been no hearings or that he couldn’t attend? There have been hearings. Claims of not being able to attend, why? Because they couldn’t get back in country? They didn’t elaborate.
I read an article that claims all of St. Bernard Beach Resort is to be destroyed. From what I can tell, its the structures and sea walls that are within 20 meters of the beach that are to be destroyed. Kind of hard to know where the beach ends and the land starts though. Though, I think a wall to hold back the sea would always be on the beach. Maybe someone can explain all this to me.
I didn’t stay at St Bernard Beach Resort but I visited it while I was staying at Tickety Boo Beach Resort. It is a very nice, calming place. I don’t recall them having a seawall at all but the place seemed low and further back from what I would call the beach.
Both of those places are in a court order to have, at least, their seawalls destroyed according to an article in Cebu Daily News. So far, Marlin Beach Resort has had their seawall destroyed and several beach side structures have also been removed. It was a beautiful place. I don’t remember a seawall there. There must be one. What does that mean? Will it soon be flooded often or during stroms, just during typhoons?
I’ve been trying to find out the answer to this but I have had not luck. Perhaps my readers or a resort owner will help. I sent a text message to one owner, asking if their resort will be torn down and they replied that they don’t know when or if the DENR will destroy their seawall. I’m not going to say who as I don’t want to draw any more attention to the place, not on this matter.
Is tearing down the seawall the equivalent of tearing down the resort? Perhaps it is. I don’t know.
Something to keep in mind though. The beaches in the Philippines are free and open to the public. I’ve seen several places charge for camping on “their beaches.” I’ve been wondering how they got away with that. Those places doing that brought unwarranted attention upon themselves.
I have mixed emotions, I surely want to see the beauty of Bantayan Island well preserved but I also love the Bantayan Island Beach Resorts.
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