By Junex Doronio
September 21, 2022
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CORDOVA, Cebu — Following the refusal of some businessmen to dismantle their floating cottages despite discovery of fecal coliform in coastal waters, Governor Gwen Garcia has issued a new executive order (EO) banning public swimming and similar activities in all of the waters surrounding this town in Mactan island.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) found out the presence of fecal coliform through ambient coastal water sampling in the area of Barangay Catarman. This prompted the Department of Health (DOH) to issue a similar advisory but only covering Barangay Catarman.
“There is an urgent need to immediately prohibit public swimming and similar activities found within the coastal waters of Cordova, Cebu delineated by the technical descriptions,” Garcia said in her new EO.
Earlier, the feisty governor ordered the Cordova businessmen to remove their floating cottages until the last week of August to give way for rehabilitation of the town’s waters.
Apparently pissed off by the open defiance, another meeting was set and this time Garcia gave them until October 5 before she sends in demolition teams.
Maharlika TV learned that there are 73 owners of floating cottages while 54 are owners of fixed structures.
The provincial government promised it will give P10,000 financial assistance each to affected owners.
In addition, 147 boat operators whose livelihoods will be affected by the order will also receive P5,000.
Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan meekly accepted Garcia’s order.
There have been calls to unite this town with the adjacent Lapu-Lapu City, also in Mactan island, and form a Province of Lapu-Lapu independent of the island province of Cebu. (ai/mtvn)