Boracay being drowned by tourist garbage!

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

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/910061/denr-to-boracay-lgu-clean-up-recycling-facility-or-else

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/908883/house-wants-answers-on-how-dot-will-save-boracay

 

 

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SUGAR BARON LAMATA THREATENS PEPSI

A Sugar Baron that supported the Presidential candidacy of former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in the last elections warned Pepsi Cola Philippines. Manuel Lamata, President of the United Sugar Producers Federation of the Philippines said that they will launch a Boycott against Pepsi Cola for its use of HFCS or fructose sugar.

“We will attack Pepsi, they are not innocent! They (PEPSI) are idiots! Their product contains HFCS. If they do not sit and talk with the Sugar Alliance, we will launch a boycott and protest against their products”, threatened Lamata.

In a separate meeting in Malacanang Palace, Lamata shouted at several government officials claiming that the government is not protecting the sugar monopoly by allowing the entry of fructose sugar which is being used as an alternative sweetener for powdered coffee, powdered juice and softdrinks by multinational beverage companies like Pepsi.

In response, Secretary Pinol called the Negros Sugar Baron and his associates “spoiled brats” for how he acted during the meeting, and for accusing him of accepting bribes from beverage manufacturers which he denied. Lamata and his group gave the DA Secretary the moniker “Money Pinol”.

Pinol had held in abeyance the issuance of Sugar Order No. 3 which was released by the Sugar Regulatory Administration which is under the Department of Agriculture.

Because of the protection of the sugar cartel in the Philippines, sugar remains in the “protected list “ of Philippine products which hampers ASEAN Economic Integration. All members of ASEAN under the pact will engage in free trade across its borders and sugar is hampering its implementation.

Secretary Pinol stated that there is a need for change and modernization in how the sugar business is conducted in the Philippines. Philippine remains one of the highest priced in the world market. Former SRA head Rafael “Lito” Cosculluela said: “We need to accept the reality that Philippine sugar is highly priced. And if additional taxes are imposed on those who use it, the prices of products will increase resulting in less buyers and even lesser demand for the Sugar industry.

The Senate is now hearing the proposed excise tax on sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) which is seen to increase the cost of basic goods for blue collar and poor Filipinos who are the patrons of instant coffee, softdrinks and powdered juice drinks.

This news was verified:

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/local-news/2017/06/20/sugar-industry-leaders-launch-boycott-pepsi-products-548466
http://business.mb.com.ph/2017/03/30/ph-sugar-industry-urged-to-rethink-strategically/
http://www.philstar.com/business/2017/05/31/1705129/need-be-competitive

http://opinion.inquirer.net/85396/sugar-bloc-of-negros-backs-roxas
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