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An environment organization in Negros Occidental has filed an administrative case against two officials with the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for allegedly not taking any action to remove illegal structures at the North Negros Natural Park.

Green Alert Network-Negros Island Region, in its press release yesterday, said that it filed the administrative case against Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Edgardo Rostata, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer and Protected Area Superintendent ConcordioRemoroza, and severalJohn Doeson Feb. 22.

The press release said that Rostata, Remoroza, and the John Does allegedly violated the Republic Act 7586 or the National Integrated Protected Areas System  Act, and R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act.

GAN said that as officers of DENR continue to refuse to take action against the proliferation of illegal structures within the NNNP.

It also said that from 2014 to 2016, the former PENR Officer and concurrent PASu of NNNP issued 94 illegal structures with Cease and Desist Orders and those structures were reported to the Regional Director/PAMB Chairman who heads the Protected Area Management Board.

However, Rostata and Remoroza did not act against the illegal structures that jeopardized and put imminent danger the primary source of water, which is the NNNP and is the main watershed of Negros Occidental, it said.

It added that, as the result of their continued failure to do their jobs a proliferation of additional structures arealready within NNNP.

Rostata, in a phone interview, said that they have not yet received a copy of the case filed against them.

The same issue was raised through the 8888 hotline and they have already sent a letter explaining the situation to the regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, he said.

Rostata said several actions are being taken to stop the proliferation of illegal structures in the NNNP, which include effortsto file cases against the owners of illegal structuresand further investigations based on the resolutions passed by the PAMB.

He also said that they are already filing casesagainst the owners of the newly established illegal structures in the NNNP. * MLG



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