Grace Cariño, DENR Bicol, Division Chief of Conservation and Development Division said approval of the application runs counter to the agency's committment to protecting the region's natural resources.
Mangroves, she emphasized, are vitally important to the ecosystem, especially to the marine food chain.
DMCI, she added, accepted the decision and is studying an alternative site for the construction of the wharf.
The wharf is part of the power firm's plan to put up a coal facility, which it believes will be a less expensive source of energy, as compared to petroleum.
The project, it would be recalled, has been met with opposition both by the local government and private individuals.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM