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Ang dami nga! DENR issues 478 violation notices to Boracay businesses

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With Boracay Island soon to reopen to tourists, businesses in the island have received 478 notices of violation from the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

EMB-6 legal officer Ramar Niel Pascua said the notices of violation were for violating environmental laws.

“We have already endorsed 157 violations to the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) but eventually we will endorse all for computation of fines,” Pascua said.

He said some of the businesses may have incurred more than one violation such as failure to comply with the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act of 2002.

Others lacked environmental compliance certificates, he added.

The PAB, once it receives the report, will determine if there is a need to file criminal cases against the violators.

Pascua said they have yet to file cases although they have imposed penalties on the violators.

So far, the PAB has imposed penalties on 35 establishments ranging from P60,000 to P80,000. This week, EMB will endorse 23 more violations.

“Usually the penalty is between P10,000 and P200,000 daily, depending on the discretion of the board,” he said.

But Pascua said they do not expect the numbers to increase as he said they “have already saturated the entire island.”

Meanwhile, Pascua reiterated Memorandum Circular No. 2018-06 issued by DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu that establishments with 50 or more rooms along the White Beach area should establish their own sewerage treatment plant.

Establishments with 49 rooms and below can opt for clustered STPs.

Pascua said 192 businesses at the beachfront are required to put up the treatment plant.