DENR to suspend all Boracay establishments’ ECCs prior to reopening

FILE PHOTO: Some shops at the Boracay Islandracay

BORACAY Island, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is confident of the improvements in the state of Boracay Island’s beaches.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said the coliform content in the surrounding waters of the island has now reduced to a safe level.

“Boracay is no longer a cesspool,” said Cimatu during the graduation ceremony of 243 candidate soldiers of the 3rd ID, PA in Jamindan, Capiz on Monday (July 16).

The graduates were among the government troopers who helped in the rehabilitation efforts in Boracay.

Cimatu also expressed confidence that the reopening of the island on October 26 will push through seeing how the recovery and rehabilitation efforts progress.

To make sure that all establishments are environmentally compliant and qualified to join the reopening of Boracay Island, the DENR is planning to suspend all establishments’ environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

“We have to suspend all ECCs and there will be reissuance of ECC depende sa kanilang compliance,” said Cimatu.

The Environment Secretary further stressed that before owners of establishments be allowed to operate, they need to secure a business permit from the local government unit and accreditation from the Department of Tourism (DOT) aside from a newly issued ECC.

The DENR reminded owners of establishments to make use of the remaining days prior to the reopening to settle all backlogs in order to make their structure environmental law compliant.

“Dapat before they open they will show us and we will inspect already their establishment. Titignan namin yung quality of the water na lumalabas. I-check naman ng mga iyan if they comply. If they are already compliant then we will order the approval of their ECC,” Cimatu reminded establishment owners.

 

The agency plans to announce the new measure during the Boracay stakeholders meeting next week. – Vincent Arboleda / Marje Pelayo

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