The Department of Tourism committed to complete the drainage system of this resort island by the second quarter of next year, a move seen to address the incessant flooding here.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said an additional PhP400 million will be allocated by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), an attached agency of the DOT for the drainage project.
“We have to do something to fix Boracay,” said Teo who was in the island with Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu for a joint meeting with the local officials of Malay and Aklan to tackle the environmental concerns in the island.
The additional budget which is expected to be approved by the board within this January will be used for the simultaneous construction of the stages 1 to 4 of Phase II of the drainage project.
The construction of the project’s Phase II is expected to start this year.
For 2017, TIEZA has already allocated a total of PhP760 million for the said drainage project.
The unfinished drainage system and the unregulated development are blamed for the recurring flood on the tourism island.
Last December, almost 90 percent of the roads on the island were submerged in flood due to by typhoon Urduja.
Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Cimatu likewise pledged to strengthen its enforcement of the environmental laws in Boracay, such as the Philippine Clean Water Act.
Cimatu said the DENR will conduct an individual inspection of the sewer facilities of businesses in Boracay.
The DENR will also help the Local Government Unit of Malay in conducting an inventory of the establishments on the island and to go after those violating environmental laws here, he added.
Aside from the meeting, an aerial inspection was likewise led by Teo and Cimatu with Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling and Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores. (Boracay Informer)