The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be issuing more show-cause order as they strive to rehabilitate Boracay to its former glory.
The DENR, through its advocacy, is eying to restore the beauty of Boracay’s forestry by shutting down illegal occupants or those who build establishments in the mountain range of the island.
The agency believes that forest land encroachers contribute to the large-scale pollution in the popular tourist spot.
DENR Region-6 Director Jim Sampulna said that an estimate of 174 show-cause orders will be released to the illegal occupants of the forest lands.
“Forestlands are no-build zones. What they have done is against the law,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu reiterated as he referred to Presidential Decree No. 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Orlando Sacay, a former beach resort owner in Boracay, claims that resort owners in Boracay are able to elude its environmental requirement due to their alleged connection with local officials.
Due to this, Cimatu issued a warning for the business owners in Boracay to”Shape up or face closure.”
Cimatu said that erring establishments are given two months to either connect to the sewage treatment plant of Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) or install their own wastewater treatment facilities.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently ordered the environment chief to find ways to end problems besetting Boracay which he described as a “cesspool.”
He gave Cimatu six months to clean up one of the country’s top tourist destination or else the entire island will be shut down.