Task force to probe Marilog inland resorts

The Davao City council’s committee on tourism is set to file a resolution forming a task force that will look on the illegal inland resorts in Marilog district.

Committee chair Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre said on Thursday’s I-Speak Media Forum, the task force will composed of City Planning and Development Office , Business Bureau, City Engineers Office, City Treasurer’s Office, Association of Barangay Captains, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and National Commission on Indigenous People.

Alejandre said the task force will investigate the existing inland resorts that do not have permits issued by government agencies.

Alejandre said that there are 30 in land resorts in the area but only Seagull Mountain Resort and Highway 81 are compliant with the business permit.

““Whatever they will come up on their investigation maybe that’ the time we in the City Council will conduct an inquiry,” Alejandre said during Ispeak media forum at City Hall on Thursday.
He said some of the illegal resorts were built near the landslide prone areas which is a clear violation on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of 2013.

Alejandre said the structures will be possibly destroyed if they will not comply with the necessary requirements mandated by the government.

He said that there are only two Tourism Development Zone in Davao one is in Eden area in Toril and some parts of Marilog District.

“Again, not all Marilog District,” he said.

In 2012, Alejandre asked the City Council to reclassified some part of Marilog District. From Forest Lands it was reclassified into a Tourism Development Zone in order to have the business owners secure a business permit.

“They say went they came to me that they cannot get the business permits without re-classifying the land use,” Alejandre said.

“Whatever they will come up on their investigation maybe that’ the time we in the City Council will conduct an inquiry,” Alejandre said.

He said upon the inspection of Business Bureau in the area only two out of 30 resorts have permits while others are illegally operating.

Alejandre said some of the illegal resorts were built near the landslide prone areas which is a clear violation on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of 2013.

He said inland resorts should be built withing the tourism development zones as indicated in the Land Use Plan.

“In 2012… part of the CLUP, the reclassification of some areas of Marilog District from forest land to tourism development zone,” he said.

This because the resorts owner ask him to reclassify the area because the city will not issue business permit if they will build their structure within the forest lands.

“Naghanyo ko sa council nga naay some portion nga himuong og tourism development just to accommodate these inland resorts (I asked the council that some portion of the area will be a tourism development just to accommodate these inlang resorts),” he said.

“Karon wala diay gihapon, I think naa problem between sa atong mga operators (But now, its still nothing and I thing there is a problem with the operators),” Alejandre said.

Alejandre said the structures will be possibly destroyed if they will not comply with the necessary requirements mandated by the government. By Angie Saveron and Armando B. Fenequito Jr.