Marikina City Hall last week reportedly filed a formal complaint against a private real estate developer for its ongoing reclamation work along the Marikina River which was blamed for the widespread flooding experienced recently in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses.
A complaint lodged by city officials before the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called for the issuance of a cease-and-desist order against Bright Future Realty Corp. (or BF Corp.) for alleged violation of existing environmental laws.
Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, in numerous past interviews, claimed the artificial embankment created for the benefit of Bright Future’s “BF City” project narrowed Marikina River by some 20 meters thus impeding the flow of the water resulting in the spillover.
Teodoro, citing a report by the City Environmental Management Office, said the construction of the retaining wall had drastically altered the landscape.
He disclosed that the locational clearance sought by Bright Future for BF City had been denied by City Hall as no Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) from the DENR could be produced.
Nevertheless, construction and development activities persisted in violation of Presidential Decree 1586, or the Environmental Impact Statement System.
Teodoro clarified that City Hall is insisting on the restoration and rehabilitation of the natural topography of the area which was disturbed by the work on the BF City artificial wall.
BF Corp. management reportedly denied all the allegations.