DENR affirms treatment plant requirement for Boracay establishments

Posted by watchmen
August 30, 2018
Posted in HEADLINE

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently reaffirmed their requirement for establishments on currently-shuttered resort destination Boracay to set up sewage treatment plants.

In a press release, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu spoke on the need to improve water quality on the island.

“The concentration of e-coliform in the water samples that were put to test in the early part of our rehabilitation efforts were too high,” he explained. “Millions of times beyond the standard.”

E-coliform, or E.coli, is a type of bacteria that can be contracted through contaminated water or food and can lead to kidney failure or death.

Cimatu went on to call sewage treatment plants “non-negotiable.”

“It is one of the primary requirements for the opening of Boracay,” he affirmed.

During a visit to Boracay earlier this year, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said, besides improved roadways, his agency plans to construct improved drainage and sewage systems.

Following a study conducted by the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force, a dry run for the island’s reopening will take place from October 15 to 25.

The formal reopening is scheduled for October 26./WDJ

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