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Cimatu orders ‘search and destroy’ illegal sewers in Boracay

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2018


Members of Philippine Army’s search-and-destroy team line up, carrying shovels for excavation process


BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – Results derived from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) deep penetrating radar revealed that 43 sites in the entire white beach area of Boracay Island were planted with illegal sewers.

This prompted Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to issue a search-and-destroy order to members of the Philippine Army (PA) to begin excavation and removal of said pipes.

A total of 100 candidate soldiers from PA 3rd Infantry Division will spearhead the excavation process.

Cimatu admitted he was not expecting to discover illegal drainage connections in the white beach but he assured that rehabilitation efforts in the island remain on track.

DENR together with the Boracay Island Water Company, Inc. (BIWC) will also launch an investigation to verify if the 43 discovered pipelines are specifically used as rainwater drainage only.

Meanwhile, Mike Santos, General Manager of BIWC advised establishment owners at the white beach to connect the drainage to their sewer system to prevent seepage or leakage of contaminated water into the sea. – Vincent Arboleda / Marje Pelayo

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Boracay Island submerged in flood due to heavy rain

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Boracay’s D’Mall shopping plaza | Courtesy: Claire Ang

Several areas in Boracay Island have been submerged in flood since Tuesday (July 16) due to heavy monsoon rain brought by tropical storm Falcon.

Barangay Balabag and several parts of Barangay Manoc-Manoc are experiencing knee-deep flood.

This is despite the modern technologies installed such as the High Density Polyethylene Plastic or HOPE plastic used as storm drains in the island.

According to Malay Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (MDRRM) Officer Catherine Ong Fulgencio, they still expected flooding in several areas. She said they already have water pumps on stand by.

“Since hindi pa po tapos ang rehabilitation, may mga areas po na talagang babahain po. We have planned na kapag meron ulan, merong pong mag-stand by na water pump, (Since the rehabilitation is still unfinished, there are areas that will experience flooding. We have planned that when it rains, there will be water pumps on stand by),” she said.

The water pumps are already being used to reduce flood water in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, the local government and the MDRMM continue to monitor the situation in the flooded areas.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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DENR pushes for alternative mining

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

Mining site

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) pushes for alternative mining in order to care for the country’s environment.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu encourages mining engineers to find ways to mine without harming the environment. Cimatu added that they are looking into surface mining as one of the alternatives.

“As long as you don’t destroy it, instead if you are able to get the mineral content then you resurface it at the same time make sure na ang mga water na dumadaan doon hindi mapupunta sa unless being treated muna, (make sure the water will be treated first)” he said.

Meanwhile, the environment secretary assured there are sufficient materials for the government’s Build Build Build Program.

Cimatu said the country has enough supply of cement, and aggregate materials including sand, stone, and steel bars.

“Sufficient naman iyan (That is sufficient) in fact the aggregates are doing well and we are allowing the quarrying in some rivers but will make sure that na hindi masisira ang river, (the rive will not be damaged)” he said.—(with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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LIST: 11 Chinese, Korean businesses in Boracay ordered closed

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Aerial shot of Boracay establishments

Several business establishments owned by foreign nationals on Boracay island have been ordered closed by the government.

In a list released on Tuesday, eleven restaurants and other businesses mostly owned by Chinese and Korean nationals were shut down for lack of necessary permits to operate.

Establishments ordered for closure are listed below:

1. Bella’s Bar and Restaurant

2. Great Wall Inn and Restaurant

3. Old Captain Cuisine

4. Ken Minimart

5. Ken St.

6. Island Staff Restaurant

7. Coco Spa

8. Kim Ji Man

9. W Hostel Boracay Dragon

10. VIP Souvernir Shop

11. YH World Network Services, Inc.

The list was released by the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group following a crackdown and inspection of businesses with names and signage written in foreign characters from May 7 to May 9, 2019.

Out of the 49 establishments inspected, the 11 stores listed were found without mayor’s permit while 14 were unable to complete requirements in putting up a business as stated in a local ordinance.

Closure order for these establishments has been issued by the Office of the Municipal Mayor following a recommendation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Authorities said these establishments will not be allowed to operate until they are found to be compliant with the local ordinance articulating the process that must be followed when opening a business in the world-renowned island. (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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