The inspection of Boracay Island’s solid waste management and water quality continues upon the order of Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Region 6 was tasked to do inspection on the status of solid waste management in Boracay Island, check on its waste segregation and undertake water sampling in the surrounding water bodies.
The EMB is a line bureau under the DENR tasked to formulate plans, programs and appropriate environmental quality standards for the prevention and control of pollution and the protection of environment.
It is mandated to implement the five environmental laws, namely: the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 (R.A. 9749); Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (R.A. 9003); Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (R.A. No. 9275); Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990 (R.A. No. 6969); and the Environmental Impact Assessment System (Presidential Decree 1586).
In an online press conference with the local and national media conducted through a video conferencing platform, Cimatu underscored the fact that the Task Force’s ultimate goal is the sustainability of the gains it had achieved during the rehabilitation and up until now.
“Look at it now! You can see for yourself how Boracay is today. Will we allow it to become what it was before the rehab?” said Cimatu who also chairs the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF).
He said that the BIATF is grateful for the all-out support given by the environmental partners, businessmen, residents of Boracay and all those who visited the island. Such collaborative efforts have made it possible for the Task Force to keep the waters of Boracay Island clean, implemented the beach and road easements, proper management of solid waste, and recovered the wetlands.
Cimatu commended the members of the Task Force, the Boracay Inter-agency Management Rehabilitation Group (BIARMG) headed by General Manager Natividad Bernardino, and the local government of Aklan “in ensuring the smooth operation of all activities on the island to restore its vigor and improve its economy without sacrificing the environment.”
Moreover, Cimatu has given the assurance that the Task Force is doing its best “to ensure that the beauty and cleanliness of Boracay Island will last a lifetime, if not forever, because it is our country’s precious gem.”/DENR 6