Boracay no longer a cesspool — DENR head

October 17, 2018
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ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy Cimatu yesterday declared that Boracay resort is no longer a cesspool.

Cimatu said the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) tapped to rehabilitate the world famous resort has achieved its goal to rehabilitate the island.

He said a lot more has to be done to ensure the sustainability of the island paradise.

President Rodrigo Duterte derided Boracay as a cesspool before ordering a full closure of the resort paving the way for the massive rehabilitation.

Cimatu, who also heads the BIATF, said there is no reason for the government and other stakeholders to be complacent as he asked for extended patience, support and understanding.

“This is not the time for us to relax and lower our guards,” Cimatu said as the task force is on its fourth day of the 11-day dry run for the much-awaited reopening of Boracay resort.

Cimatu cited the ongoing road and drainage improvement projects, which were delayed due to successive typhoons.

“We lost about 30 to 40 days of work but we will be able to compensate for this and finish the drainage system,” he said.

Even after the soft opening on October 26, the Environment chief said that all projects and other rehabilitation projects will continue.

Cimatu led other officials of government agencies involved in the rehabilitation of Boracay in welcoming Aklanons, who were the first guests in the newly- rehabilitated island  which he described a “better Boracay.”

“We offer to you now a better Boracay,” Cimatu said.

“Boracay beaches are now a sight to behold and the entire island will even be grander in the near future,” he added.

Famous for its powdery white sand, pristine blue waters and amazing sunsets, Boracay has been named several times as one of the best beaches in the world.

On April 26, the President issued Presidential Proclamation 475 ordering the closure of Boracay to tourists for six months to pave the way for its rehabilitation from environmental damage caused by overdevelopment.