DENR to shutdown Boracay establishments with illegal sewer connections
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Thursday that he will not think twice shutting down Boracay establishments that illegally connect their sewage lines to the island’s rainwater drainage system that goes directly to the sea.
A visibly irked Cimatu issued the warning during a press conference on the island on Wednesday, a day prior to the closure, and after going over two documents containing the list of locations where the illegally connected sewer pipes were discovered.
Today marks the first day of Boracay’s six-month closure, which would pave the way for the island’s rehabilitation.
Cimatu was particularly exasperated by the continued failure of some establishments to connect to the sewer lines of water concessionaires Boracay Island Water Company and Boracay Tubi Systems Inc., despite being told to do so when they were issued notices of violation by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in February.
“It has been almost two months, but it seems there is a lack of conscience [on the part of these establishments] to act on their own,” he pointed out.
The former Armed Forces chief said he will not hesitate to cancel the discharge permit and other environment-related clearances issued to these establishments should they fail to undertake measures to address their violations.
“Kahit sino ang tamaan sa kanila, we will hold them responsible and make them pay,” Cimatu warned.