Queensland Motel also in
trouble for caged sharks
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Queensland Motel is not only an expropriator of public land but may also have run afoul with the law for the caged sharks in a pond on a foreshore area it reclaimed without permit from the government.
A source at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said a concerned citizen had inquired by phone if Queensland had permit for keeping the sharks in the pool.
Yes we have heard from media reports about the sharks, said the source who asked that he not be named. Media reported yesterday that the pool was stocked with 16 live sharks. The source said keeping the sharks in a pool violates marine laws—without giving specifics—but said DENR was more concerned about the danger to humans of the sharks.
We heard that the pool is not fenced. Children could fall and get chewed up, he said. He however begged further comment and informed the Insider that the right agency, which could give specifics about keeping sharks away from its natural habitat is the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
The caged sharks at the pool in the reclaimed area in Matina Aplaya came into focus as the Davao City government and the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) ordered Queensland owned by Teodorico Adarna to stop from further developing the foreshore area, a 24-hectare municipal reservation awarded to the local government in 1956.
Adarna had built a marina and baywalk, including the controversial 30-foot concrete replica of Michaelangelo’s naked young David, on about 2 hectares of the foreshore area without a permit from the government. PRA said Queensland had no lease on the area while the city government said the reclamation and constructions had no permit from the city government.