DENR intensifies crackdown to curb wastewater pollution in Boracay
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it will not hesitate to close down commercial establishments found to be releasing untreated wastewater and sewage into the waters of the world-famous Boracay Island.
As part of this crackdown, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu already instructed local DENR field offices that have jurisdiction over Boracay to inspect the sewer facilities of all businesses on the island following reports that many of them are not connected to the sewerage system and their wastewater drained into the sea.
“We need a serious and honest-to-goodness crackdown on these erring establishments that are contributing to water pollution in Boracay,” the former Armed Forces chief said.
“We will not hesitate to take firm action against those who have clearly violated the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws. Aside from facing business closures, we will make sure that violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he added.
Cimatu said the DENR is now closely coordinating with the Department of Tourism (DOT) in identifying Boracay establishments that are discharging their untreated wastewater directly to the sea or illegally connecting to the drainage system of the DOT’s Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).