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DENR CHIEF CIMATU WORRIES BORACAY REHAB, CLEAN UP MAY GO BEYOND 6 MONTHS



Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu was surprised to see 43 illegal pipes unearthed on Boracay's beachfront where tourists usually go for swimming.

This is why he is worried that the cleanup and rehabilitation works in the island might need to be extended beyond the six-month deadline.

However, Cimatu clarified that as of Friday, the government is still on track with the rehabilitation.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) technical team have conducted a survey along the white beach using Ground Penetrating Radar after high levels of coliform bacteria were found in the waters at the beachfront.

Cimatu said establishments installed pipes on their own without requesting for necessary permits.

Furthermore, the cabinet official said these pipes were also proof of violation of the 25 meters plus 5 meters no-build zone from the shoreline.

He warned – criminal and administrative cases, as well as fines, amounting to P10,000 to P200,000 per day await those found responsible for the installation of illegal pipes.

A Boracay centurion made up of 100 personnel from the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army joined in the excavation of illegally buried pipes in the shores of the island.