Monitoring of illegal sewage lines ongoing in Boracay

Monitoring of illegal sewage lines ongoing in Boracay

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan — A local task force formed by the local government unit of Malay continues to conduct clearing operations on the drainage networks in this resort island.

Rowen Aguirre, executive assistant of the LGU-Malay, said the clearing operation of the Bulabog Task Force is continuously done to determine the business and residential areas that illegally connect their sewage lines to the drainage network.

Aguirre, in an interview on Friday, said a number of violators have already been sanctioned by the LGU since the task force started conducting clearing operations on July.

He said drainage lines along the main road in Station 1 have been opened already adding that it will be continued in Station 2 and 3.

Section 7 of the Municipal Ordinance No. 307 prohibits any person or entity to discharge any untreated wastewater and sewage into any body of water within or around Boracay Island and to the Island’s storm drainage system.

Violating residential house owner and commercial establishment will need to pay a fine of PHP2,500 or imprisonment for a period of not less than one day but not more than six months.

Aside from penalties imposed by the LGU, Aguirre said violating businesses will also face sanction from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The DENR may cancel the Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) of violating establishments for violation of Clean Water Act of 2004 which requires them to dispose septic wastes to a treatment facility. (Karen V. Bermejo/PNA)

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