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DENR to employ control card system in Boracay Island

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018

Aerial view of Boracay sunset | UNTV Drone

BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is working double time prior to the reopening of Boracay Island on October 26.

The agency along with the local government unit in Aklan and other stakeholders are now finalizing the regulations to be imposed 36 days before its soft opening.

Based on DENR’s study, the island can accommodate up to 60,000 people as its ideal carrying capacity is expected to produce nine tons of waste materials on the average.

In order to control the possible influx of residents on the island, the agency is planning to employ a control card system in the island

DENR would only allow up to 19,000 tourists a day who would be required to pass through service operators for monitoring.

Once we hit the critical mark then that’s a red flag for us already to say they have to be able to present their reservations for the hotels that are compliant so that we can advise the hotels that we are already over the limit,” said Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores.

The number of vehicles on the island will also be trimmed down and old tricycles will be replaced with e-trikes.  Hotels, meanwhile, will only be allowed with one service vehicle.

The agency will set up its own satellite office in the island that will ensure that the regulations are strictly followed.

Hotels are subject to performance monitoring and evaluations especially in terms of waste disposal management.

Floating piers will be set up during the soft opening to make it easier for tourists to reach their destination on the island.

A dry run of the soft opening will be held on October 15. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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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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Prioritize implementation of environmental laws—DENR to newly elected local officials

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges newly elected local officials to prioritize implementation of environmental laws.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu reminded the new leaders to prioritize full and strict implementation of environmental laws, particularly on solid waste management.

“The task force cannot do it alone. We need the full cooperation of LGUs,” Cimatu added.

Meanwhile, DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns, Benny Antiporda, called on the local government units (LGU) to report any law violations.

“By doing so, these officials will send the right signal early on in their administration and that is, they do not tolerate any wrongdoing. We will go after both newly elected and outgoing local officials who violated environmental laws,” Antiporda said.

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