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