Gwen wants resumption of floating

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Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia plans to allow the operation of floating and fixed cottages in Cordova’s coastal waters to resume.

This after Garcia ordered their closure for being violative of environmental laws.

However, illegal structures in the area should be removed for the time being. It is also necessary to ensure that these structures are safe before they can resume operation. (

“My position is we should start from a blank page… Let us not go back and fall into the trap,” according to her.

“We’ll bring it back but after a long and exhaustive research on how we can proceed, how to construct, how to put a viable and sustainable solid waste management apparatus in each of these cottages, and thirdly, how to operate without leaving behind those who are affected by us. They will still involved. There will be a list,” she added.

Garcia said the rehabilitation is “long term but we’re hoping to do that as soon as humanly possible. Why? Because this can become really a tourist attraction for Cordova.”

After discovering a high level of fecal coliform in the area, the governor recently issued two executive orders prohibiting public swimming in a 33-hectare coastal area in Barangay Catarman, Cordova town.