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DILG probes use of collected Boracay environmental fees

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

 

Boracay Island

MANILA, Philippines — After the Building Code of the Philippines and the Fire Code of the Philippines found out about the environmental law violations of business establishments in Boracay Island, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now investigating how environmental fees collected from local and foreign tourists who entered the island were used by the local government of Malay.

Authorities uncovered the 10-year collection made by the Malay LGU from 2008 to 2018.

The Malay government charges tourists who enter Borcacay P75 each.

Based on the figures of the Department of Tourism (DOT), 2-million tourists visited Boracay last year.

The number is higher than the 16 percent recorded in 2016.

The investigation of the DILG revealed that a local ordinance issued by the Malay LGU mandates the environmental fee collected in Boracay be transferred to the province’s general funds.

This means that aside from maintaining the orderliness of the island and protecting its environment, the LGU may use the amount for any program or activity it may conduct or implement.

The DILG may file charges against the officials of the city once they are proven to have committed anomaly in the use of the said environmental fee.

“If there are people who are liable officials local or even national [they] should be identified and cases [should] be filed against them,” said DILG-6 regional director Atty. Anthony Nuyda.

On the other hand, the local government of Malay said that it is open to any investigation regarding its use of the said fund.

“We have not been hiding anything since we have no problem with COA,” Malay LGU executive assistant Rowen Aguirre said. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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10 mayors in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, under probe for alleged absence during ‘Ompong’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Aerial view of the housing community in Baggao, Cagayan. Image courtesy of SAP Bong Go

At least 10 mayors from Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region are under investigation for their alleged absence during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it is investigating whether these officials violated its operation list of protocols on disaster preparedness, which require heads of local government units classified as low and high risk areas during a typhoon to implement necessary preparations.

The agency has refused to name the officials, but if they are found guilty of absenteeism and negligence of duty, they will be required to submit written explanations and may even be suspended or dismissed.

“Ang kagawaran ay ayaw ng trial by publicity kung kaya’t ang mga pangalan ng mga nasabing alkalde ay ilalabas pagkatapos na makumpleto ang isinagawang imbestigasyon,” said DILG Asec. Jonathan Malaya —UNTV News & Rescue

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Boracay rebuilds drainage system with latest technology

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

High density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes line the beach of Boracay ready to be installed.

 

BORACAY, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is using German technology in building the new drainage system of Boracay Island.

Six-meter long high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes with a width of 1.2 meters will replace one-meter long reinforced concrete pipes that the DPWH traditionally use.

“Ang lifespan niya hundred years… In terms of sa size, doble po ang laki ng pipes na gagamitin namin sa project,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.

(It has a lifespan of 1oo years. The pipes that we are going to use for the project are twice the size of what was originally used.)

 

High density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipes will replace the reinforced concrete pipes that were originally used in Boracay’s drainage system.

 

DPWH is planning to use 800 HDPE pipes for phase 1 of the project. Boracay is among the first to be installed with the said German technology.

Villar is confident that the storm drains they are building will be able to solve the flooding problems on the island especially during rainy season.

“Mabilis po ang installation at siyempre yung quality. Napakahalaga na itong.. yung quality ng pipes ay dapat pangmatagalan,” he said.

(Installation is quick and quality is considered. It is very important that the quality of the pipes is designed for long term use.)

Among the qualities of high density polyethylene is its capacity to contain man-made chemicals and solid waste to prevent leakage and contamination.

“Dati kasi kulang na kulang yung capacity sa drainage sa sewerage kaya ngayon po inanticipate namin yung demand. So ngayon pa lang malaki na para hindi tayo mahihirapan,” Villar explained.

(In the past, the drainage capacity in the sewerage was so insufficient. This time we anticipated the demand and increased the size to avoid future problems.)

The 5-kilometer drainage project has a total cost of P540-million.

The DPWH is targeting to complete installation by October for the reopening of the country’s top destination. — Vincent Arboleda  | UNTV News & Rescue

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DENR to require ‘environment friendly’ vehicles in Boracay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, June 29th, 2018

An e-trike

 

BORACAY Island, Philippines – Aside from rehabilitating the beaches of Boracay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recommends measures to improve the quality of air on the island.

The agency said they will require all vehicles in the island to comply with the specifications stated under the government’s modernization program.

“They must be compliant EURO 4. Meaning they will have a new engine because we would like to make Boracay air pollution compliant,” said DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu.

In line with this, the agency will push through with the phase-out of gas-fueled tricycles in Boracay come September this year.

Malay LGU Executive Assistant Rowen Aguire, it has been years since the local government introduced the use of e-trikes as a replacement for gas-fueled tricycles. It is about time to comply with the directive as stated in the 6-month action plan of the LGU.

“Ma pi-phase out siya kasi ika-cancel mo na talaga yung kanilang mga franchises…pati yung permit niya to transport ire-revoke na rin,” Aguirre warned.

(It [tricycles] will be phased out because their franchises will be cancelled…even their permit to transport will also be revoked.)

Tricyle drivers said they are willing to comply with the requirements of DENR though they have a number of concerns. DENR, for its part, assured that they will give drivers enough time to upgrade their units to become environmental law compliant. — Vincent Arboleda / Marje Pelayo

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