The need to regulate coastal use is the reason why lapu-Lapu City Council members passed a by-law earlier this month by Councillor Ricardo Amores, which will impose a moratorium on the application of suburban leasing contracts and other miscellaneous applications. Most investors, he says, have been discouraged from pursuing their suburban leasing applications because of difficulties in gaining favorable support from the town hall especially city council members. Richard Dicdican, Land Management Officer II and head of Cenro`s Licensing, Patents and Deeds (LPDU) department, said the adoption of the regulation does not exclude his office from carrying out his duties, which includes issuing offshore leases. „More than 50% of businesses that still have demand from our office have already built infrastructure in the suburbs and are already doing their business,“ he said. The rental period will be extended for a period of 25 years and for no more than 25 years the option will be the government. He said only 20 companies have obtained a suburban lease from their offices, while about 75 applications are still pending, some of which were filed in the 1950s. These include commercial applications, seaside resorts, piers, factories and types of corporate warehouses. Dicdican stated that his office accepted applications for suburban leases, which they will accept later for approval by DENR headquarters. Application of foreshore leasing – the method of application that covers the suburbs, marshlands and other riparian waters for commercial, industrial or other production than agriculture. Even in the absence of a suburban lease agreement, most of the applicants went to build their necessary structures as part of the three-metre facility, which is a violation of Presidential Decree 1067 or the Philippine Water Regime.

Other requirements for issuing a suburban lease agreement are the recommendations of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Tourism and the Cebu Ports Authority. Most of the preland developments in Lapu-Lapu City are without a suburban lease agreement from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. /CDN file photo While awaiting the action of the mayor in Der Endesatolet on the approved regulation, Amores stated that they were now evaluating and inventorying coastal facilities that are not land leases. A: This is a kind of lease application for public and heritage property, sold and disposable, which is available for agricultural purposes under existing legislation.