The once pristine Philippine paradise island of Boracay is now beset by a garbage problem. “We are smelling garbage and it is not good for the health of the children”- quipped a teacher whose school is located near the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Barangay Manoc-Manoc. The source of the foul smell is the mountain of garbage brought to the MRF coming from the hotels and establishments in the islands – basically tourist garbage.
The DENR has stepped in and called the attention of Malay, Aklan Mayor Cicero Cawaling who is primarily responsible for the upkeep of the island. DENR sources said that the MRF is a potential health risk not only to residents but to the visiting tourists as well.
In response, Mayor Cawaling has promised to empty the MRF and take the excess garbage out by barge to mainland Panay island for processing. The Mayor promised improvements in waste handling by the LGU after a June 22, 2017 visit by Secretary Cimatu.
Cimatu threatened that the Mayor may face charges under RA 9003 if the garbage problem is not addressed by the LGU. “He may be liable for charges if this is not addressed immediately” added Secretary Cimatu.
Garbage has been a constant problem for Boracay having seen a growth in the establishments and hotels in the island. Tourists, both local and international, continue to flock to Boracay island despite the hidden problem of waste disposal.
On a similar note, members of the House of Representatives were shocked to see the degradation of the island and has asked the Department of Tourism about its plans to keep Boracay from being destroyed.
This news is verified by NewsmePh