The municipal government of Panglao has begun a forced demolition of an illegal structure on Alona beachfront on Thursday, Aug. 8.
The illegal structure was the Hera Greek Taverna, a popular Greek restaurant owned by Korean national George Park, that is within the 20-meter easement zone.
It has a total of 120 square meters floor area located beside Alona Kew White Beach in Barangay Tawala, Panglao, according to municipal engineer Rogelio Bonao who led the inter-agency task force demolition team.
Bonao added that the building was erected more than three years ago.
He said Hera Greek Taverna violates the salvage zone.
Panglao acting Mayor Brian Velasco said he implemented the demolition order which was signed by Mayor Nila Montero, prior to her suspension.
In 2017, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Roy Cimatu had ordered the demolition of the illegal structures that violated the salvage zone of Alona Beach.
Some owners voluntarily removed some illegal structures last April this year.
However, some establishments continued to violate rules on beach easement on Panglao Island. Some owners failed to remove illegal structures.