DENR orders stop on business in Nangaramoan Beach

Business operation along one of the world’s known beaches was ordered to stop for failure to comply with environmental laws.

This was the clarification made by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Cagayan Valley Chief Atty. Gil A. Aromin following news on the closure of white sand Nangaramoan Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

According to Regional Director Aromin, the order was issued because the business operators violated Section 69 of Presidential Decree No. 705 as amended by Section 78 of Republic Act 7161 and Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. Nonetheless, he assured the public that the beach is still open for swimming and for other outdoor activities.

“Only the business operations are stopped pending compliance with necessary requirements,” Atty. Aromin said.

In October last year, the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officer of Aparri, Cagayan issued final notice to the president and members of the Nangaramoan Environmental Protectors Association to stop their business operation including further construction and improvement of establishments which were illegally erected.

“The existence of establishments such as cottages and stores unlawfully built within the salvage zone and timberland at Sitio Nangaramoan is in violation of DENR rules and regulations and other laws,” says CENR Officer Edgar T. Martin. Salvage zone is an area located 20 meters from the shoreline intended for public easement.

Sta. Ana Mayor Darwin A. Tobias and Cagayan Economic Zone Authority Officer-In-Charge Laurence A. Umayam and Administrator Raul L. Lambino expressed agreement with the closure order.# CCC