DENR to mobilize resources to address Boracay woes
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is mobilizing its resources to tackle the environmental problems besetting the world-famous Boracay Island to comply with the six-month deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said he will bring in all bureaus and attached agencies of the DENR, including the Environmental Management Bureau and the Forest Management Bureau, in addressing Boracay’s serious garbage and wastewater woes.
“This is a challenge again for the department,” Cimatu said. “I will be asking you to cooperate and support our efforts to implement this directive.”
The former Armed Forces chief added that “all concerned agencies and stakeholders will be mobilized to join” in the effort to rehabilitate the world-renowned island paradise.
President Duterte earlier threatened to close down Boracay if environmental issues remain unaddressed in six months’ time.
According to Cimatu, plans will be laid out to avert a Boracay shutdown.