Water concessionaires in Boracay told to work together
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has ordered Boracay’s two water concessionaires to work together in cleaning up the wastewater being discharged into the sea and help solve the “cesspool” problem in the island.
This, even as he ordered an investigation on what caused a spike in coliform levels in Bulabog beach, days after reporting in a Cabinet meeting that a “significantly decreasing trend” of colifom occurrence has been observed in the same area.
“That was a bright spot in our efforts. We were able to decrease it to 2,000 [most probable number per 100 milliliters] after a trend of millions over the past two years. And then here comes the shocking report that it has again reached two million,” Cimatu said.
This, he said, prompted him to order intensified actions against establishments illegally connected to the drainage system.
In separate meetings with the Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) and the Boracay Tubi Systems Inc. (BTSI), Cimatu instructed both companies to improve connections to the sewer and drainage lines.
“This task is crucial to improving Boracay’s water quality, and is instrumental for us to recommend the reopening of the island,” he said.
“Any kind of water that is being discharged into the sea should be treated first,” he added.
He then assured both companies of the support from the DENR and the Department of Public Works and Highways, which was represented during the meetings, and promised to sign the necessary permits or clearances.