Cimatu wants all tourism hotspots to have sewerage facilities
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said that local government units (LGU) of tourism hotspots nationwide must plan for their sewerage and septage systems in a bid to avoid these destinations from suffering the fate of Boracay.
“We need to put in the investment in the sewage systems of these places now while we still can so that these places can avoid the problems facing Boracay today. It is better to build sewage treatment facilities now than face a catastrophe later,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu explained that under the National Septage and Sewerage Management Plan, cities and first-class municipalities can avail of a 50 percent grant from the national government to help build their sewerage systems. He urged these local governments to take advantage of the government grant immediately.
“The grant is there, but there are no takers because there are no benefits for them,” Cimatu said.
“We must keep in mind that we are doing this for the environment, and for the benefit of the people.” he added.
According to the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR), tourist attractions such as some municipalities along the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape region and several municipalities in Palawan are examples of places that might need help with their sewerage systems.