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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Seven Seas Waterpark, CLOSING SOON?

Seven Seas Waterpark property is under litigation
"Seven Seas Waterpark property is under litigation because according to DENR, Seven Seas Water Park and Resort in Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, is sitting on an area that is classified as timberland, officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said in a round-table discussion Friday, April 13." - Sunstar

According to dictionary.com "timberland" means - land covered with timber-producing forests. Then, how come it is classified now as Timberland, when in fact that area was a marshland for a long time? Fishpond are all over that place before a diversion road or national highway was built.

Anyway, it is DENR, so let them do their job. If it is really what it is, then so be it. But in this modern world, that area no matter what the classifications are will somehow soon become a modern area. Buildings will soon be rising around that area and the timberland or marshland classification will be forgotten because of the structures being built along the highway on that area.

The issue
According to Sunstar report:
"Lawyer Florenda Lamasaon-Yap, chief of DENR-Northern Mindanao's legal division, said its office has an ongoing legal battle against UC-1 Corporation, the owner and operator of Seven Seas Water Park and Resort, and also against LS Properties, the 20-hectare property’s previous owner.

Lamason-Yap said they are seeking the cancellation of the land title of the 20-hectare property that UC-1 acquired from LS Properties in 2010. LS Properties reportedly owns the 50 hectares land in Barra, Opol town."

Why now?
The Seven Seas Waterpark structure is already there, how come DENR was so late to make such decision? Why not during the construction and applying for permits?

Lawyer Jan Elson Orquillas of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Misamis Oriental also disclosed that a temporary restraining order had been issued by the Court of Appeals (CA) in relation to the property. It was issued last January 19, 2018 and was in effect for 60 days.

Anyway, the structure is already operating. Somehow, it helps the tourism industry of the region and made employment to hundreds of locals in the area. The benefits of Seven Seas Waterpark economically has been felt by the local government and its residents.

What is Litigation?
Litigation is the term used to describe proceedings initiated between two opposing parties to enforce or defend a legal right. Litigation is typically settled by agreement between the parties, but may also be heard and decided by a jury or judge in court.

Contrary to popular belief, litigation is not simply another name for a lawsuit. Litigation includes any number of activities before, during, and after a lawsuit to enforce a legal right. In addition to the actual lawsuit, pre-suit negotiations, arbitrations, facilitations and appeals may also be part of the litigation process. (source)

Settlements and Amendments?
Maybe they can weigh-in the situation to check which is more beneficial to everybody and of course the safety of the public should always be a priority. If the structure of Seven Seas Waterpark will somehow a threat to the safety of the people, then DENR has something to say about that, but if the structure doesn't harm the people in anyway, then  amendments and settlements will always be an option for the benefits of both parties.

Hope it won't end!
We just hope that a project as beautiful as Seven Seas Waterpark won't cease just like what happened to the short-lived "Wet Adventure Park" in the 90's in CDO. Because people want more theme parks in the region, so that we don't have to go to Hong Kong, Singapore or Japan just to enjoy with our families.

Don't be sad, Seven Seas Waterpark won't be closing so SOON.
Seven Seas Waterpark as of this writing is not stopping its operation. The property is under litigation but they are still in operation. It will now depend on the decisions of the court after the proceedings.

Engineer Elpidio Paras, president of UC-1 Corporation, said they are leaving the matter for the court to decide. “We were not invited, so I have no comment except the matter is for the courts to decide at the proper time and venue. As far as we are concerned, we have a judicial title which was acquired in a legal and proper way. The others who lay claim to it do not have any rights as far as we are concerned,” Paras said in a text message. (Sunstar)


2 comments:

  1. No way!, atleast we already went there and enjoy.

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  2. wesome Place for visting & Learn to swimming...Child to much liked this place...Kash Mera Bachpana wapas Laut Aata Aur Maze Leta Fun City Me... דילים ליוון

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