The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) excavated 28 pipe connections in Boracay white beach Friday, May 25.
From the said number, DENR identified 21 pipe connections that are illegally installed.
Seven pipelines in Station 1 were discovered to have been disposing wastewater directly to the sea. The same goes for 9 out of 10 pipe connections in Station 2.
In Station 3 five out of 10 pipes are considered illegal according to DENR.
The agency is now tracking establishment owners of said illegally installed sewers to demand their explanation on the matter.
“If really hindi nila ma-explain (they cannot explain) properly why they did that, it was illegal, so we will file the necessary charges in court,” said Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
Cimatu added that the agency will use its quasi-judicial powers to impose fines against the involved establishments.
DENR also collected water samples from the pipes to examine the level of coliform content in the drainage system which is a reason for water contamination in the white beach.
After the sewer system, DENR will address the reclamation of wetland areas next.
“Once we will be able to demolish and relocate itong mga (these) informal settlers towards the mainland ay ma-address na natin ang problema (we will be able to address the problem),” Cimatu said.
DENR backfilled sewer lines that were properly installed while those with violations were marked as off limits until the agency’s investigation is completed. – Vincent Octavio / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
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