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

admin   •   February 21, 2018   •   6542

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

 

BFP official relieved over personnel’s breach of quarantine protocols in Boracay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the relief of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 Director Fire Senior Supt. Roderick P. Aguto after several BFP personnel allegedly breached quarantine protocols in Boracay.

The BFP personnel, dubbed as the ‘Boracay 27’, reportedly visited the island of Boracay from June 12 to 14 for a despedida party. However, one of their members was supposed to be in quarantine while waiting for her COVID-19 test result which later came out positive.

Año said the country is currently facing a pandemic and there is no time for any excuses.

“We will never tolerate any wrongdoing by our BFP personnel or any other DILG personnel for that matter because lives are at stake here. Moreover, as law enforcers, we must set a good example to our people and the breach of quarantine protocols sets a very bad example,” he said.

The DILG also said that the BFP Regional Office is now conducting swabbing and placing under quarantine all its personnel who have had contact with the said individual.

Meanwhile, the BFP will begin further investigation on the matter and is prepared to file a complaint once it is found that the Boracay 27 indeed violated quarantine protocols. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Police frontliners to undergo physical, mental health check—PNP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020

Police frontliners will undergo physical and mental check up beginning July 1, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said their troops that are manning checkpoints and other areas are also at risk for stress and anxiety, particularly when most of them have not been home for months.

Banac said a group of psychologists will monitor the physical and mental health of police officers.

“Kasabay niyan ang laboratory, X-Ray at ang ECG… so titingnan ang physical well-being mg mga pulis ( It includes laboratory, X-Ray, and ECG…so we will monitor the well-being of the police),” he said.

Banac also said they will prioritize police officers age 40 years old and above and those who will undergo the health check up should wear their complete uniform.

“Alam natin na kapag 40 years old and above mas marami nang dinaramdam physically at madali na silang maka-experience ng stress at fatigue (We know that 40-year-olds and above are more susceptible to experiencing physical fatigue. They experience stress more easily),” he added.

Police officers with the birth month of January will be scheduled for the physical and neuro-exam from July 1 to 3. Meanwhile those born in February and March will be scheduled from July 6 to 8 and July 9 to 13, respectively. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Discarded PPE in seas a ‘new type of pollution’, French cleanup group says

UNTV News   •   June 10, 2020

FRANCE – Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea, a French clean-up group warned on Tuesday (June 9).

Volunteer divers who are part of the association Operation Mer Propre say they have seen discarded face masks and latex gloves floating underwater during their operations around the French coast for a month.

“For a month now, we’re starting to see these masks. It’s a new type of pollution,” association founder Laurent Lombard told Reuters in an interview via video call.

The main cause is littering, Lombard said.

Since France emerged from a strict eight-week lockdown last month, people are using personal protective equipment (PPE) in public and some are throwing used masks and gloves on the street. When it rains that gets washed into the sea.

Although for the moment PPE constitutes “not even 1 percent” of the total 3 tonnes of trash collected underwater by the group since its foundation last year, Lombard said he is wary that the problem could worsen as the pandemic drags on.

Aware of the situation, government leaders have called on the public to dispose of their used PPE properly.

France’s environment ministry in late May increased fines for these infractions, from 68 to 135 euros, rising to 750 euros depending on the severity of the offence.

Lombard said that the new rule should be strictly enforced.

“The message is really to throw your masks in trash bins,” he said.

“It’s a matter of common sense,” he concluded.

(Production: Ardee Napolitano, George Sargent)

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