LOCAL officials ordered the closure of four beach resorts in Opol, Misamis Oriental, for allegedly violating a town ordinance that requires lifeguards and other important requirements.
"This is an effort to make Opol beaches safe, secure and clean," said Opol municipal administrator Fermin Jarales over the weekend.
The beaches of Opol are among the most crowded in Misamis Oriental because of the town’s proximity to Cagayan de Oro.
Jarales said local officials documented specific cases of safety breaches at the beach resorts.
Slapped with closure orders were the Lacang-lacang, Baybayon, Cagatin and at least another beach resort.
The beach resorts are said to be owned by Nestor, Fe, Leah and Mario Yasay. The beaches, according to Jarales, are located between Roan and Marvilla beach resorts.
"They can only operate again after they have fully complied with the existing ordinances," said Jarales.
Meanwhile, the Opol police has heightened security operations on the beach. Police are keeping an eye on the beach resorts in shifts 24 hours a day.
This is so, according to Opol police chief Henry Dampal, because the beach resorts were being used as hangouts and for drinking sessions of gangs that have been scaring villagers.
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