Boracay Water, TIEZA assure DENR of plans to upgrade sewer, drainage networks
The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has clarified that the government-built sewerage system discovered at the beachfront of Boracay Islad last weekend was built decades ago, with the necessary government approvals.
Representatives from TIEZA and Boracay Water assured officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that the sewer system is operating and capacitized to prevent overflows to the beach waters.
TIEZA pointed out that the major cause of manhole overflows and water pollution in Boracay is the refusal of many establishments to connect to the proper sewerage system and illegally tapped to the drainage line.
For its part, Boracay Water allayed the fears of Environment Secretary Cimatu and presented its plan to upgrade and expand the sewer network along Balabag Main Road, which will accommodate higher flows coming from the beach front area.
Boracay Water committed to complete the Balabag Sewer Network Rehabilitation Project in four months.
“This is a faster and more feasible alternative to relocating the sewer network which may affect more establishments and require acquisition of rights-of-way that may take a longer time to complete beyond the closure period,” the company said.