Albay board member Howard Imperial withdraws strong opposition vs Mayon road construction | BICOL TODAY

Albay board member Howard Imperial withdraws strong opposition vs Mayon road construction

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By Elmer James Bandol

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay Province, 22Nov2017 – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay (SPA) on Wednesday has set aside plenary discussions regarding resolution that expresses strong opposition against the construction of circumferential road by the Department of Public Works & Highways (DPWH) at the prescribed Mayon Volcano Natural Park following social media reports that it lacks permit and clearance from concerned government agencies.

Board Member (BM) Howard Sim Imperial has withdrawn his own resolution, expressing strong opposition, during the 64th SPA regular session held at the Capitol, Legazpi City.

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Imperial acceded to his colleague, BM Job Belen’s motion, to “table” discussions on Imperial’s resolution and to be “studied further”, just to apiece parliamentary courtesy.

Belen is the chair committee on Environment, while Imperial heads the committee on Land Use Planning, and the supposed action should have come first from Belen.

Earlier, Belen reported to SPA that his committee has conducted at least two committee hearings following social media reports that the construction of the controversial road project, allegedly part of the “farm-to-market road connecting what he termed as “eco-tourism road,” later was discovered without necessary permit and clearance from the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR).

Belen submitted his report in last week regular session saying: “just for the information of this august body”. This, he was outdone by Imperial.

“Save Mayon” group, composed of mountaineers & tourist guides, has expressed disgust over this P50M “eco-tourism” road project being supervised by the First Engineering District of DPWH headed by Engr. Simon Arias.

Arias was fined an amount of P50 thousand, for not obtaining permit & environmental clearance from the DENR even before the construction begun in June this year. []

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