DENR: more than 200 establishments violate environmental laws in Boracay

Tourists takes photographs along local sailboats on the island of Boracay, central Philippines January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Charlie Saceda

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued more than 207 notices against establishments who continue to violate the environmental laws of Boracay.

In a press statement, the Department of Environment and Natural said that they have given notices to 116 establishments for violating the Philippine Clean Water Act, and 77 others for going against the Clean Air Act.

Five establishments are also found guilty of violatimg both laws, and nine were operating without Environmental Compliance Certificate.

The DENR also found only about 383 of more than 578 establishments they inspected are connected with the sewage system provider of Boracay.

DENR Sec. Roy Cimatu already issued notices of violations, cease and desist orders, and demolition notices for 100 illegal settlers that are causing water pollution in Boracay.

The DENR started their crackdown against businesses violating the environmental laws in Boracay after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to close the island due to pollution.

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