DENR to investigate environmental issues in Panglao Island
To prevent a similar dilemma that is confronting the world-famous Boracay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it has mobilized a regional investigating team in Panglao Island in Bohol that would determine the compliance of resorts and commercial establishments on the clean water act and solid waste management act.
At the same time, the DENR is urging the local government of Central Visayas to make the discharge permit a requirement for the issuance of a business permit.
“We have learned our lessons in the problems concerning Boracay. We have to strictly enforce environmental laws in order to protect the country’s tourism sites so that the future generations will be able to enjoy them as well,” DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said.
A group of technical personnel from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 7 and provincial environment and natural resources office in Bohol province comprise the Bohol investigation team.
First on the list of activities of the regional investigation team is to find out the roster of establishments in Panglao Bay that are not complying with the Clean Water Act and the Solid Waste management act.
Also, the experts will search for businesses that are encroaching on the timberland areas that are no-build zones.