THE Municipality of Aloguinsan will cancel a beach resort’s business permit if it will not comply with the security requirements, following four theft incidents in the area.

In its regular session yesterday, the Provincial Board (PB) invited persons privy to the thefts inside Hidden Beach Resort (HBR) in Barangay Bonbon, Aloguinsan.

The PB members expressed their concern since the resort is near an eco-tourism site.

Aloguinsan Acting Mayor Mariolito Biton said they are giving HBR two months to comply with the requirements or its business permit will be revoked.

The Municipal Government requires HBR to install closed-circuit cameras in its premises, deploy security guards, require its employees to have police clearance, identification cards and wear uniforms.

The resort should also have a fencing permit and a special use agreement in protected areas.


Julie Ann Suson, one of the victims from Mandaue City, told the PB that she and her friends were in the resort on May 1 and 2 for a vacation. The group occupied two rooms.

On May 2, they went to Bojo River, the town’s eco-tourism attraction.

When they returned to their rooms, their gadgets and clothes, which were placed in their bags, were gone.

Another guest, John Robert Tranquilino, said they checked in on March 25. Tranquilino said he and his girlfriend were out of their room for only 45 minutes to eat outside since the resort didn’t offer food, when his DSLR camera was stolen.


Aloguinsan acting police chief Girfred Baroman said the two other incidents were not recorded in the blotter.

“There was no sign of forced entry. Unfortunately, no items were recovered yet,” Baroman said.

Baroman is not discounting the possibility that the thieves used a duplicate key.

He advised the victims to file a complaint.

Grazel Labajo, administrative officer of HBR, said they are conducting an internal investigation.

After the first incident, Labajo said they installed two additional locks on the doors.

The resort no longer has duplicate keys after the first theft, she said.

She said they have not replaced their staff as they are all family members of the owner.

The beach resort secured permits from the mayor, Department of Trade and Industry and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) this year.