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At least 30 establishments in Boracay are without a proper drainage system

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines —The Malay Municipal Engineering Office and the Municipal health officer inspected the drainage of a hotel to determine if it properly connects with the sewerage system of Boracay.

Authorities discovered that the establishment is illegally connected to the drainage and sewerage system of the Boracay water facility.

The management of the hotel was issued with citation tickets and was ordered to fix their drainage.

“Illegal. May mga hindi nakakonect sa sewer. Inisyuhan naman lahat ng citation ticket ng MHO [Malay Health Office] then, inadvise sila na kailangan nilang mag-connect sa sewer,” said engineer Philip Joy Peñaflor.

(This is illegal. Some are not connected to the sewer. The MHO [Malay Health Office] issued them citation tickets and were advised to connect to the sewer.)

According to the municipal engineer, the said hotel is just one of about 30 establishments in Boracay that have no drainage system resulting in sea pollution.

Authorities said the situation has been causing flooding in the island.

Meanwhile,17 establishments in Boracay were found to have violated the Municipal Ordinance No. 307 series of 2012.

The ordinance refers to the proper installation, construction, and maintenance of sewerage treatment plants and septic tanks based on existing standards.

“Regulated garbage po siya pero dapat segregation at source. So hindi siya naka-segregate at source, nakamix lang siya,” said health and sanitation inspector Helen Belen.

(These are regulated garbage but it should be segregated at source. These are not segregated at source, it’s mixed.)

Some hotels were also found to have been operating without sanitary permits and health cards for their employees. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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DILG to summon 1k village execs defying orders on Manila Bay rehab

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will summon village chiefs who are not complying with orders in relation with the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation.

DILG Undersecretary for barangay operations, Martin Diño, said at a press briefing on Thursday that they are set to issue a show cause order against 1,000 barangays along the Manila Bay Watershed Area for failing to follow orders to strictly enforce environmental laws in their respective areas.

Diño said cases will be filed before the Office of the Ombudsman if these village executives fail to justify their non-compliance with the order.

The DILG official also reiterated that the dismissal of Malay, Aklan Mayor Cicero Cawaling should serve as a warning to all local officials.

Cawaling was dismissed from public office after he was found guilty of gross neglect of duty and other offenses in relation with Boracay island’s environmental degradation.

“’Yung mga mayor sa Metro Manila at yung 179 mayors that cover Manila Bay, hindi kayo exempted dito. Baka kayo na ang kasunod,” Diño warned.

The official said 179 local government units and 5,714 barangays have been ordered to conduct weekly clean-up drives in Manila Bay and Laguna Lake in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte through Memorandum Circular No. 2019-09.

READ: PH gov’t tells metro LGUs: Impose strict guidelines on estero clean-up

In a recent statement, the DILG called on local officials anew to work closely with concerned government agencies in protecting the environment in Boracay, Manila Bay watershed and other critical areas in the country. (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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DENR releases endangered sea turtles in Boracay to celebrate Ocean’s Month

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The Department of Environment and Naturan Resources (DENR) has released three endangered hawksbill turtles in Boracay in celebration of Ocean’s Month.

On Wednesday morning (May 1) the department released the hawksbill turtles in the ocean to live normally in their natural habitat.

Director of DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Dr. Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez said they prefer them to live in their natural habitat and reproduce rather than live in an enclosed aquarium.

“So we want them to grow in their natural habitat. Hindi iyong nasa loob lang ng isang aquarium or nasa isang palanggana (Not live inside an aquarium or in a basin). And of course, that’s part of conservation. We want them to swim freely around, hopefully find their mate, hopefully reproduce,” she said.

The DENR assured that the turtles are healthy and in good condition to survive in the ocean. They also placed tags on the turtles to be able to carefully monitor them.

They also advise the public to leave the turtles alone in case they see the turtles swimming in the ocean.

“Huwag silang hulihin. Huwag silang kunin. Huwag silang hawakan. Huwag nang lapitan. Just let them be, (Don’t catch them. Don’t poach them or touch them. Just let them be)” she said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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Not enough health benefits in vitamin supplements, study says

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

A new studyshows that taking regular vitamins and dietary supplements are not enough to keep you healthy.

Consumed nutrients from vitamins and supplements may not be as effective in improving one’s health compared with eating the right food for the needed nutrients, according to the study. Meanwhile, getting the right nutrients by eating the right amount of food is associated with longer life.

The study also showed that some supplements pose a risk to one’s health. This includes calcium from supplements. Too much intake of calcium from supplements is associated with an increased risk of cancer death.

People with no Vitamin D deficiency but are taking too much Vitamin D supplements also risk having negative effects on their health.

According to the study’s co-author Fang Fang Zhang, it is better to not rely on supplements in order to keep a healthy lifestyle.

“For the general population, there’s no need to take dietary supplements. More and more evidence suggests no benefits. So we should go with what the dietary recommendations suggest to achieve adequate nutrition from food, rather than relying on supplements,” he said.

For the study, around 30,899 adults in the United States aged 20 years or older were evaluated based on their dietary supplement use.—Aileen Cerrudo

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