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Feb 20, 2018 @ 17:42

DENR sends ‘mission team’ to save Boracay

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced the deployment of what he called “mission team” to address the environmental issues besetting the world-famous Boracay Island.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said the mission team will be composed of 50 personnel from six regional offices of the department.

“The mission of the team will be to rehabilitate and restore Boracay in becoming again a paradise. We are given six months by the President,” Cimatu said.

According to Cimatu, the island will be divided into six areas and each of the six regions will be assigned an area to work on.

“We will be using all our government and the DENR assets and personnel to do this job. Those who will be deployed will be on a rotation basis,” Cimatu said.

Cimatu said that Director Metodio Turbella of the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is already in Boracay to assist DENR Region 6 Director Jim Sampulna.

He said that each bureau of the department is to contribute personnel to augment the DENR contingent in Boracay.

“Expect that the DENR will be there, about 50 personnel from all over the regions and from us (Central Office). We will start it right now, this Monday, our presence in Boracay,” Cimatu said.

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte gave Cimatu six months to clean up Boracay, which he described as “cesspool,” or else the entire island will be shut down.


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