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By Tara Yap

Iloilo City—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wants the permits of establishments in Boracay Island, Aklan, that illegally dump wastewater into the sea cancelled.

DENR Regional Director for Western Visayas Jim Sampulna will recommend to Department of Tourism (DOT) and the government of Malay town, to which Boracay belongs, to cancel the permits of hotels, resorts and restaurants that continue to commit violations that worsen water pollution.

The DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Community Environment Office (CENRO Boracay) earlier issued notices to 12 establishments after finding that pipes were illegally connected to the storm drainage, which is only for catching rainwater.

The establishments are supposed to be connected to the municipal sewage treatment plants or build their own wastewater treatment facility.

Arjunn Calvo, EMB chief for Planning, Programming and Educational Division, said the issuance of a cease and desist order and cancellation of necessary permits is the last resort.

“So far, they (establishments’ management) are committed to comply,” Calvo said.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu made Boracay, the country’s most popular beach destination, as one of DENR’s top priorities in curbing environmental degradation that is a consequence of the tourism boom.

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