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PIA Press Release
2010/02/19

Proponents dare OLIDI antis: Join environmental study team

Tagbilaran City (19 February) -- IF the project study for the master-planned offshore islands by Oasis Leisure Islands Development Incorporated (OLIDI) proves to be risky for the environment, proponents say they join arms with Panglao group opposing any reclamation project in the area.

OLIDI Chairman Norris Oculam however urges oppositors to go the reasonable way.

Why don't they join the team of experts who will conduct the study for the proposed multi-million development project. Oculam asks while posing the challenge to "Panglao environmentalists."

Oculam however lamented because those "claiming to be environmentalists" allegedly said they would still oppose despite a study which may be favorable for the development plan.

Oculam reasons out that a study would be the best thing to come oup with true and relevant information as well as to validate the claims mouthed by Panglao oppositors that the specific area proposed for the project is environmentally critical.

OLIDI proposes to put up a string of themed islands off shore Panglao and these would lie in the jurisdictional limits of three Panglao barangays: Doljo, Poblacion and Danao.

The plan would contain a themed reclaimed island for commercial and entertainment use, a residential and institutional island, a Boracay masterplanned island, and island nature park and marine sanctuary and smaller islands for private residences.

The subject area is the shallow waters off these barangays, in areas where the average depths is.4 meters, points out Olidi through lawyer Cesar Castillo during a presentation at Jjs Dimsum Thursday.

He also argued that in most areas where the water is shallow, biodiversity is not as rich as the sun tends to expose the marine life to too much heat.

But to fully assess the environmental biodiversity of the area, proponents have pointed out that a credible environmental study comprising of the 800 hectares more or less be done first.

Over the plan, OLIDI has already presented the plans to residents in the affected communities.

Reports reaching the paper had residents already embracing the Olidi project during a presentation in barangay Doljo last week.

Most of the people who came apprehensive realized they were furnished wrong documents and fed wrong information, shared Oculam and Castillo.

Both also hinted that the information fed to residents were the plans of another group putting up interest in reclaiming the waterfront of the area.

The plan includes reclaiming the entire stretch of coastlines from the tip of Doljo point in Barangay Doljo to barangay Danao. (PIA) [top]

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