Boracay establishments told to build own sewage treatment plants
As the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) starts the decommissioning of an illegal sewage pipeline near Boracay shoreline, hundreds of hotels and other big establishments along the island’s famed white beach have been ordered anew to set up their own sewage treatment plants (STPs).
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said DENR is enforcing Presidential Directive 2018-0081, requiring all resorts in the country to have wastewater treatment facilities.
This, as he noted that the sewage problem in Boracay island “poses threats to the environment, residents and tourists.”
Under a DENR draft circular, all resorts and similar establishments located along Boracay’s white/long beach from Stations 1 to 3 with 50 rooms or more are required to have individual STPs, while those with 49 rooms and below can have clustered STPs or separate treatment plants if they so desire.
Those who will fail to comply will be issued notices of violation or cease and desist orders.
Cimatu explained that decommissioning the sewage pipeline owned and operated by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Autority (TIEZA) and Ayala-controlled Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) is a must since it violates the 25 plus 5-meter easement rule and no-build zone along the shoreline.