By Edwin Iyo
Gingoog City — The Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer of this city is now singing a different tune towards the alleged illegal wharf operating at the coastal area of Barangay Punong, this city.
“We must help businesses to grow,” said Cenro chief Conrado Mahinay, Jr.
It can be recalled that on May 27, Mahinay issued a cease and desist order against the wharf operated by Caesar Casiño.
Back then, Mahinay wanted to stop the operation of the wharf until the operator permits and documents have been granted.
“Ato nalang tabangan ang nagnegosyo nga molambo. Makatabang pa na sa dugang revenue sa dakbayan,” Mahinay said.
He said that it would be beneficial to the city if the wharf continue to operate if the violation of the wharf is “minor” and it did not threatened the environment.
“Kung wala makadaot sa environment ato na lang tabangan molambo ang nagnegosyo. Pero kung duna gyud dako nga problema atong susihon,” Mahinay added.
In a report in 2018, Genevieve Cruz, head the Environmental Management Section of the Environment Natural Resources Office of the city, argued that the wharf has already violated the law even during its constructiom time.
Cruz stated in her report that the construction of the wharf caused the damage and destruction of coral reefs and the fishing ground of the area.