A contractor tapped by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) is constructing a shotgun shooting range inside a forest in Subic without getting the necessary permits.
Amethya Dela Llana, manager of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) ecology department, said they have issued a notice of violation to CFV ARAR Contractors Phils. on November 22 after it was found that they conducted extensive clearing and grubbing operations at the West Ilanin forest, a protected area, without permission.
The shooting range is located at the former Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) area inside what used to be the Naval Magazine (NavMag) inside Subic.
“While the project it is located in a protected area, the West Ilanin Forest, it is within a built-up area of the former Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). The EOD was used extensively by the US Navy at the height of Vietnam War along with the nearby ammunition pier at Camayan Point, which is now the site of the Ocean Adventure Marine Park, one of the few commercial areas located within the West Ilanin Protected Area,” Dela Llana explained.
She said Phisgoc, which is headed by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, had endorsed the construction of the shooting range to its Subic cluster on Sept. 18.
Dela Llana said FCV ARAR will be held liable for failing to get environmental permits for the shooting range’s construction and will be compelled to comply.
SBMA officials will hold another meeting with project representatives to resolve issues about the shooting range after the SEA Games, she added.