Pres. Duterte Orders DILG & DENR to Fix All Boracay Issues Within Six Months

The Department of Tourism (DOT) revealed in an interview with PTV-4 that upon the order of President Rody Duterte, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shall implement "immediate actions" to fix all Boracay issues within six months.

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According to Pres. Duterte should the six-month ultimatum lapse without the expected results, a possible closure could be implemented as what DOT Undersecretary saw in the looks of the President.

Some of the issues involving Boracay island are pursuing establishment that violated the island's laws, and the investigation of officials and others involved on granting these establishments permit to operate in the world famous island.

DOT Undersecretary Katherine "Kat" De Castro, who was also present during the Cabinet Meeting with Pres. Duterte, one of the discussions at the 22nd Cabinet Meeting is the Boracay environmental woes.

The controversial issues involving Boracay was discovered last January 9, 2018 when Secretary Amanda Teo and DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu conducted an aerial inspection of Boracay and barde a draft Executive Order (EO) was created to recommend the creation of a new task force on Boracay "to address once and for all" the issues it face.

According to Asec De Castro, the MalacaƱang is now studying the draft but for the meantime, the immediate solution would be to task the two agencies to ensure laws were implemented.

“The president said they would review the Executive Order, he basically wants immediate action… he wants the environmental laws to be implemented right away so basically he’s giving a six month deadline to DENR and DILG to fix the problem of Boracay,” she said.

Based upon the initial investigations of the DOT, almost 200 establishments in Boracay Island were listed for committing various offenses. The list was now submitted to the president, De Castro said.

Aside from the violation of the 25+5 on easement rule, De Castro noted some of the violators were notorious for connecting illegally on Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority pipes for sewerage. Even worse were those that have no proper sewerage system.

Source: PNA

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