30 structures demolished at Puka Beach

Puka Beach, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan (Photo from DENR-6’s Facebook page)

Some 30 structures considered as illegal have been demolished by the local government unit of Malay.

Rowen Aguirre, executive assistant to the Office of the Mayor, on Thursday said the illegal structures at Puka Beach in Barangay Yapak, Boracay were consisted of souvenir and refreshments shops.

The demolition started Wednesday and was completed Thursday.

The local government unit of Malay has served notices to the stall owners along Puka Beach for violating easement rules and sanitary regulations.

“We have initiated the demolition of light structures to restore Puka Beach in its original state. We are targeting larger structures next time as we will be needing specialized equipment to do that,” Aguirre said.

The demolition team was composed of employees of the Municipal Auxiliary Policemen, Municipal Planning and Development Office, Philippine National Police, and of the Municipal Waste Management Office, among others.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said he would place Boracay under a state of calamity due to its environmental woes and also to extend financial help to the workers who stand to be displaced.PNA