Two laws empower LGUs to reclaim

The tourism-booster shoreline protection at the boulevard.

30 barangays back shoreline protection

DUMAGUETE CITY – A handful of unreasonable critics were isolated in the current issue of the boulevard shoreline protection project of the City because virtually all sectors, and all barangays are supporting this innovative, visionary and tourism-oriented project.

Being the venue of various international, national, and local sports events

the boulevard has been enhanced as the tourism window of the city and province.

All the 30 Punong Barangay of Dumaguete City recently signed a Liga ng mga Barangay resolution “declaring full and unequivocal support to the administration boulevard projects of Mayor Felipe Remollo and all his priority projects” to include the rehabilitation/improvement of the Rizal Boulevard covering 17,715 square meters that has been granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In pledging their support to Mayor Remollo’s administration and for the continued implementation of the project at the Rizal Boulevard, the Punong Barangays led by Liga ng mga Barangay President Dione Amores pointed out that activity is actually part of the “shoreline protection to prevent erosion and destruction caused by waves and storm surges threatening the highway, establishments and residences along the beachfront.”

Part of the resolution stressed that Mayor Remollo won overwhelmingly in all 30 barangays against his nearest rival, which is a manifestation of the popular and broad support that his administration has earned from the general public.

They also manifested that the local officials and the public have been thoroughly and consistently consulted of the initiatives and projects of the city administration since 2016.

Contrary to the position espoused by the critics of the current rehabilitation and improvements of the Rizal Boulevard near the Press Club area, all chartered cities and municipalities are actually authorized by national law to reclaim foreshore lands.

Republic Acts 1899 and 5797 expressly authorized the Local Government Units like Dumaguete City not only to undertake reclamation of their foreshore lands but also to take exclusive ownership of the reclaimed lot.