DENR suspends all env’t permits in Boracay
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it has suspended the environmental compliance certificates (ECC) of all business establishments in Boracay Island pending review of their compliance with environmental laws.
Memorandum Circular No. 2018-08 dated July 18, 2018, signed by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, ordered the suspension and review of all existing ECCs in terms of their compliance with current local and national laws, rules, and regulations.
In reviewing the ECCs, Cimatu said results of the Cadastral Mapping and Carrying Capacity Study shall be taken into full consideration.
He also instructed the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) office in Region 6 to continue monitoring Boracay establishments during the suspension of their ECCs to ensure that there is no violation of environmental laws.
Per Cimatu’s orders, all properties along Boracay’s beachfront must have sewage treatment plants (STPs) whether they connect to the sewer lines of Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) or not.
In consideration of small restaurants, bars and hotels along the beachfront with five rooms and below with no available space for the construction or installation of individual or clustered STPs, the DENR chief said they are exempted from the STP requirement provided they secure discharge permits from the Environmental Management Bureau Region 6 stating the volume and quality of wastewater to be discharged.
These establishments are also required to install pre-treatment facilities like grease traps subject to DENR inspection.