Top view of a part of Boracay Island (Image courtesy of Ted Willis)
MANILA, Philippines — Forty percent or around 300 establishments in Boracay were found to have been causing water pollution as they fail to comply with the country’s sewerage regulations, according to Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu.
With this, the DENR chief announced on Tuesday the closure of non-compliant establishments in the famous tourist destination.
“Mayroon kaming listahan ng mga non-compliant eh na hindi sila nakakonekta, ‘yung kanilang tubig ay bumubuhos na lang doon, ay ito na ngayon ang uunahin ko,” said Cimatu.
(We have a list of non-compliant establishments that are not connected [to the sewage treatment plant]. Their water directly flows into the sea. I will start with them.)
President Rodrigo Duterte initially blamed the local officials of Boracay for allowing some commercial establishments to operate in the island, but not monitoring if they follow sewerage regulations.
Meanwhile, Cimatu accepted the president’s challenge to complete the clean-up and rehabilitation of Boracay within six months.
“Finished or unfinished, pass your paper… ang ibig sabihin ay (it means), I have to do my best to complete it in six months,” said the DENR chief.
Cimatu made the announcement during the launching of the Green Film Festival this year where he detailed the major challenges being faced by the agency, including air pollution, as well as the clean-up of the polluted Manila Bay and proper enforcement of solid waste management. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
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