Several establishments face closure for polluting Boracay waters

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  • DENR Sec. Cimatu said 51 establishments in Boracay violated environmental and health regulations
  • Cimatu warned to close the erring establishments if they do not shape up
  • The establishments would be given two months to comply with regulations

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it will shut down 51 establishments found polluting the waters of Boracay if they failed to shape up.

As mentioned in Inquirer story dated February 14, 2018, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, who was directed by President Rodrigo Duterte to destroy establishments in the world-famous resort island that violated environmental and health regulations, said the establishments were found to have no waste water treatment facilities and dumping sewage into the sea.

Sec. Cimatu said they will notify said establishments of their violations and will be given 3 to 5 days to respond, or else “we will cut their water connections.” He added that these erring establishments would be given two months to connect to a sewage treatment plant or construct their own waste water treatment facility.

Only about 60 percent of all the establishments in Boracay are compliant to the regulation, while the rest directs their pipes to canals, which drain to the sea, the environment secretary said.

Pres. Duterte also ordered Cimatu to also go after corrupt local officials who kept on issuing building permits without thinking of the consequence.

“I will charge you with serious neglect of duty for making Boracay a sewer pool. You allowed the building of structures overlapping the coastline and already reaching the sea, which is not really allowed,” the President said is a speech in Cebu City early this week.