Hennan Group of Resorts in Boracay will not be allowed to operate unless they can comply with necessary government permits, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) stressed.
DENR Spokesperson Benny Antiporda, in a press conference on Friday said Hennan is still subject for investigation for allegedly forging a document to get a compliant certificate from the Department of Tourism (DOT).
“We are still investigating the matter,” he said. Hennan allegedly faked their Certificate of Approval, a document issued by the DENR which is a pre-requisite before the issuance of DOT accreditation to be included in the list of compliant resorts.
However, Hennan denied involvement on the alleged forging of documents and claimed that one of its employee submitted the unofficial document to DOT without the consent of the company officials.
Antiporda said that the involved Hennan employee alleged that after finding the certificate on his table, and with the eagerness to get the permit and accreditation, he just submitted the documents to the DOT.
However, when asked if they are already compliant with the required sewage treatment plant, the employee confirmed that they have not complied yet with the DENR requirement, he added.
Antiporda said after their investigation, they will turn-over the case to Department of Justice for proper disposition and filing of charges against Hennan.
The DENR also turned down the request of the company to operate while they are trying to secure their permits. “They need to comply first before we can assess if they will be allowed to open or not,” Antiporda said in Filipino.
The agency is likewise looking into complaints that Hennan is refusing to give refund to clients whose bookings were accepted. Recently, the Boracay Interagency Task Force warned non-compliant establishments to refrain from accepting bookings and conducting promotions.
Meanwhile, in a separate interview, DENR Undersecretary Sherwin Rigor, task force head on the implementation of policies, said they also want Hennan to operate for the jobs and other economic benefits they provide.