Beach resort owner assailed for blocking access to shore

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Monday, March 10, 2014


THE resort project of businessman Rey Francis Cabuga in Barangay Punta Taytay has raised concern from a group of residents, including former village chief Rufino Alcala, for blocking the residents’ access to the shoreline and for alleged lack of permit.

Alcala said residents of the barangay especially about 400 fishermen were blocked access to the sea because of the resort construction that is nearing completion.

The passageway is being for their livelihood, and recreation by beach goers for long years but is now inaccessible due to the concrete fence erected by the property owner.

Alcala said the public’s access to the sea using a portion of the said property was part of the colatilla/condition they agreed when Cabuga applied for a Foreshore Lease Agreement (FLA) with the barangay.

“We have granted him his application for FLA but we have set a colatilla that his property will be part of the five areas to be used as access road by the public in going to the sea,” he added.

He said that before, there were private land owners along the road that almost fenced their property and blocked free access to the sea, but when he was barangay captain, he saw to it that there should be five access roads that will be used by the public.

Alcala disclosed that they have agreed that Cabuga’s 1.5-meter portion of his property situated beside the property of Bobby Alila should be set aside for public use.

“But then Cabuga started constructing his building and we have noticed that he has not complied with the colatilla which we agreed in exchange for the granting of an FLA by the Barangay Council. We then withdrew the FLA approved for Cabuga from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) and took an action to disapprove it,” he added.

Alcala said Cabuga has not re-applied until now for his FLA and business and other construction permits.

He should have honored the colatilla because the public needs to have an easy access to the sea.

Alcala said he will leave it to the barangay officials and the Cenro to investigate it.

“But as former punong barangay, I believe that area or portion of the property should have been preserved for the public’s access road. The council has assigned that portion of the property for public use,” he said.

Without the access road, Alcala said, fishermen and other people have to walk far in order to reach the beach front down to the sea.

There are three to four puroks that were denied access to the beach and the sea due to the fencing of the original access road by Mr. Cabuga, he added.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 10, 2014.

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