Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Tuesday said around 300 establishments, including big hotels, on Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan would be shut down.
The DENR chief, who made the announcement during an interview with DZRH, said the establishments would be issued notices of violation in relation to their failure to solve their sewage problems that resulted in the pollution of Boracay waters.
Cimatu said the notices would be issued “anytime today,” Tuesday, February 13.
The DENR secretary’s move came days after days after President Rodrigo Duterte described the world-famous tourist destination as a “cesspool” and warned that he would close Boracay because of its “smelly water.”
Cimatu said the establishments were “non-complaint” as they failed to connect to the main sewer lines leading to the sewerage system facility earlier built by the government with a private entity.
“(H)indi nakakonekta…So nasabihan ko na (DENR personnel) to start issuing the notice of violation and at the same time, sasarado na ang mga establishments na ‘yan,” the DENR chief said.
He said the DENR would first issue the notices to big establishments. “Malalaki lang lang muna,”
“Kailangan na talagang i-implement natin itong directive ni President para maayos na rin nila [The President’s directive should really be implemented so that the establishments can also fix their problems],” said Cimatu.