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Rehab works ongoing in Boracay, says DENR chief

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reminded the public that rehabilitation efforts in Boracay will continue despite its reopening in October.

According to Secretary Roy Cimatu, the DENR will continuously monitor Boracay’s water quality to make sure the water is safe for swimming and other activities.

The department, he said, has installed a “state-of-the-art” monitoring system that provides real-time analysis on the island’s water quality.

“With an effective monitoring system and strict compliance by all commercial establishments to existing environmental laws and regulations, the public can be assured Boracay will no longer be called a ‘cesspool’,” the official said.

The DENR will also ensure that establishments on the island meet the conditions imposed in their environmental compliance certificates, he said.

Compliance requirements for establishments include the setting up of sewage treatment plants or connection to the island’s sewerage system, to make sure only treated wastewater is discharged into the sea.

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