300 establishments in Boracay for immediate closure- Cimatu

300 establishments in Boracay for immediate closure- Cimatu

The marching orders have been given.

And the strict orders from Malacañang to clean the world famous Boracay Island has began. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gave Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu six months to clean Boracay.

The DENR Secretary did not dillydally and had just orderd the closure of 300 establishments found noncompliant with environmental laws particularly the absence of a sewage system.   *

Boracay's beach last year (photo credit to owner)

Cimatu has already instructed his regional director in Boracay to serve the notice of closure to some 300 establishments found to have not connected with the sewage system and with no proper water system.

“I have already ordered the regional director to start closing the establishments that are noncompliant. Ibig sabihin lahat ng mga establishment na hindi nag-comply kasi meron kami yung environment office namin na similar we have now here I gave them a mission to go to the resorts and see kung sino ang nakakonekta sa sewage system at kung sino ang hindi naka-comply. So effective today ipapa-close ko yun ngayon,”  Cimatu said in his speech in the launch of the Green Film Festival at Cinema 2 of the SM North Edsa in Quezon City.

“So we expect this will continue until we are able to solve the problem in Boracay pati ang wastewater and water doon na ginagamit. Ayoko na hindi matupad na utos ni Presidente. Inutos ko na ito sa regional director so expect na umpisa na itong ating campaign. I’m cleaning the environmental of problem of Boracay starting with the sewage system,”  Cimatu added.

The DENR Secreatry said the regional office in Boracay has identified at least 300 establishments up for closure because they are not connected to the sewage system. *

“I have instructed my regional director there na ibigay na ang notice of violation sa mga establishment. Then mag-usap-usap sila kung talagang wala na, isasarado na yan ngayon din. Kasi meron kami na listahan na hindi nakakonekta (sa sewage system) at yung tubig nila bumubukas na lang doon eto na ngayon ang uunahin ko,” he said.

Earlier President Duterte described the world famous Boracay island as a pit of human waste, during his speech in Marco Hotel in Davao City last week. He said the perennial problems in Boracay  most specially with respect to sewage and garbage is destroying the island’s ecosystem and poses a threat to the health of millions of tourist.

“There will be a time that no more foreigner will go there because … when he goes back to the plane, he will be full of shit going back and forth to the restroom,” he said.
Report from Manila Bulletin




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