The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is eying the possible shutdown of some 51 establishments in Boracay following its stern campaign to cleanse the popular tourist destination.
This came as the DENR’s reaction after discovering the lack of wastewater treatment facilities of the establishments which is causing further destruction of the beaches in the area.
The notice letter which contained the names of well-known beach resorts in Boracay was said to have violated Republic Act No. 9275, or the Clean Water Act of 2004. It was sent by the DENR Western Visayas to request a faster action against the violators.
According to DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, they have already sent a letter to the involved business establishments questioning their lack of proper wastewater treatment.
Cimatu said that they will be giving the 51 establishments three to five days to respond to the matter. Otherwise, their water connections will be blocked.
This action of the DENR comes shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte directed DENR to clean up Boracay after he bluntly compared it to a “cesspool.”