The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is eyeing to install a water quality monitoring system on the island before its reopening in October.
The water quality monitoring system will provide real-time data on the water quality around Boracay, according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
Cimatu said this is to prevent the deterioration of water quality here. He said the water quality will be regularly monitored to ensure that it is within standards. Coliform levels will also be measured by the system, said Cimatu in an interview. Cimatu likewise confirmed that the water quality of the White Beach is now within the standards.
However, water quality in Bulabog Beach remains “erratic,” he said. He said improving the water quality in Boracay within the six-month rehabilitation period is still attainable.
Recently, the DENR has also mandated all hotels and resort along the White Beach with over 50 rooms to have their own sewage treatment plant (STP) and those with 49 rooms and below to have clustered STP.
Resort and hotels with over 50 rooms in other areas in the island are also required to have STP. Aside from the monitoring system, the DENR will also craete a water quality management area (WQMA) in Boracay.
The body will be composed of representatives from the government, the private sector and the non-government organizations to help ensure regular monitoring and protection of the water quality in the island. (Boracay Informer/KVB)