Cimatu counts on support of local officials in Boracay rehab
Environment Chief Roy A. Cimatu is counting on the commitment of local government officials to help the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) meet the six-month deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte to address the environmental problems facing the world-famous Boracay Island.
Cimatu recently met with Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores and Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling to discuss measures that may be undertaken to solve the sewage and wastewater problems in Boracay as quickly as possible.
Also present at the meeting were representatives from water concessionaires Boracay Water Company Inc. (BWCI) and Boracay Tubi System Inc.
Both Miraflores and Ceciron threw their support behind the DENR’s efforts to rehabilitate the pollution-challenged Boracay Island, which for many years has been the source of income and employment for Aklan province.
Cimatu got the commitment of Miraflores in providing additional trucks that will transport the island’s residual waste to the Malay mainland.
“We need around five trucks or more to move garbage every night from the materials recovery facility (MRF) directly to the barge and to Malay (mainland),” Cimatu said during the meeting.
“This will improve the collection system and garbage does not stay overnight in the MRF,” he added.
At the same time, Cimatu said he would allow BWCI to drain water from their sewage treatment plant in Barangay Balabag to a nearby wetland area provided the water quality meets the standards set by the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau.
This will enable the treatment plant to reduce some load and prevent the problem of backflow, he said.
“I will only allow it after a water quality test shows that the water is safe for discharge,” he pointed out.