Cebu’s protected landscape has 106,000 settlers

June 12, 2009 12:06 pm 

CEBU CITY, June 12 -– Some 106,000 settlers are occupying about 30,000 hectares of land within the Central Cebu Protected Landscape (CCPL), according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7.

DENR 7 director Isabelo Montejo said these timberlands owned by the government and supervised by the DENR are located in the municipalities of Balamban, Liloan, Compostela and Minglanilla and the cities of Danao, Talisay and Toledo.

Montejo said the DENR has difficulty relocating the people who are scattered in at least 40 barangays and have been living there for several years now.

There are reports that a few subdivision developers in these areas failed to deliver land titles to lot buyers who have completed their payments.

Montejo said these buyers may verify with the DENR’s Land Management Bureau to find out if the lands sold are within the CCPL area, hence, these cannot be transferred to a private individual.

He said CCPL residents are also increasing rapidly.

”A study of the University of San Carlos showed that the population growth in upland Cebu is higher than the regional growth,” Montejo said.

The DENR officials aid they are worried that if the forest reserves in Cebu will be destroyed because there are people living there, there will be a water crisis in the province. (PNA) DCT/EB/ad

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