DSB Warns Public vs. Buying Land in Town as Probe Goes On

The municipal government of Don Salvador Benedicto has warned the public against buying land in the town being advertised on a Facebook page.

Lawyer Cesar Beloria Jr., Executive Assistant for Legal and Administrative Affairs to DSB Mayor Marxlen de la Cruz told Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) yesterday that the FB page “is not the official FB Page of the current DSB Municipal Administration nor in any way connected with them.”

“We are now investigating the said FB Page in order to provide caution to the public of this activity using the name of Don Salvador Benedicto. We are advising the public to consult the municipality of any transaction involving the people behind this subject FB Page,” Beloria said in a disclaimer sent to NDB.

He added that he already conducted interviews on some of the buyers and he told them the identities of those who sold land to them.

The selling of land inside the town’s part of the North Negros Natural Park (NNNP) was exposed online by local environment group Green Alert Negros (GAN).

Randy James Rojo, GAN Coordinator said that the price of land depends on how big the area is.

“If it’s one hectare it will run up to P300,000 to P400,000,” Rojo said, citing a source who also offered him land in the area.

He also said that if the area is more than one hectare, the price will reach a million pesos or more.

“Most of the land being sold are in the areas of Malatan-og, Spur 14 and Bunga,” Rojo added.

He also said that he has a list from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) showing 120 illegal structures inside the NNNP.

These aside from the 96 illegal structures earlier issued Cease and Desist Orders by the DENR.

In a separate statement, GAN condemned the continuing proliferation of illegal structures inside the protected area.

“The NNNP is governed by Republic Act 7586 otherwise known as the “National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS),” the statement said.

GAN also condemn the DENR for constructing its filed offices inside the NNNP.

“We condemn DENR for putting up a structures inside the Park while illegal structures are still in question,” it said.

It also cited Section 4 and Section 20 of the NIPAS Act that said that “clearly Environmental protectors are the ones who violated the law… and now rampant selling of lands. Which counters the definition of Natural Park.”

GAN reiterated its position that the NNNP “is not for sale.” *(Eugene Y. Adiong, with report from Arman P. Toga)



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