The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered BF Corporation – said to be owned by Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando – to explain its alleged “encroachment” on the Marikina River which contributed hugely to the massive flooding experienced in Marikina City during Typhoon Ulysses last November 2020, causing losses estimated at some P50 billion.
Marikina officials said the reclamation work along the Marikina River for the artificial embankment of BF Corp.’s “BF City” mall project was primarily responsible for the overflow of the river which inundated low-lying portions of the city.
During a recent press conference in Malacanang, DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu confirmed Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro’s assertions that BF Corp. indeed had failed to get an environment compliance certificate (ECC) for its big construction work along the Marikina River.
“Definitely walang ECC (galing sa amin) ‘yan. Violation na talaga ‘yon,” Cimatu was quoted as saying in a CNN Philippines report.
Sec. Cimatu had personally conducted an ocular inspection of the damage wrought by the flooding spawned by Typhoon Ulysses.
Mayor Teodoro said the artificial embankment done by BF Corp. had caused severe flooding in the area.
Sec. Cimatu said if it is officially confirmed that there was a violation of existing environmental laws then BF Corp. should self-demolish whatever it is they had built at their own cost.
BF Corp. officials were also challenged to produce the required clearances from Marikina City Hall to prove beyond doubt that their project is aboveboard.
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