Boracay CLOSEDOWN looms

March 7, 2018 – Closedown of world famous island resort of Boracay is looming based on the pronouncement of President Duterte during the oath taking ceremonies of PACC officials last night at Malacanan Palace.

Duterte said that the closure will be for the good of the island and is inclined to approve the suggestions of DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano.  He said that this would be for the benefit of the residents and owners as well.  The President also warned against the filing of Temporary Restraining Orders against the move as he will just simply not follow it.

Senate President Coco Pimentel also backs the move for a 60 day closure to hasten the repair on the islands infrastructure and facilities.  Senator Cynthia Villar has however opposed the move in defense of the resort owners and residents saying that the move would affect the livelihood of the residents and the local economy.

Based on DOLE records the island directly employs over 17,000 workers and a significant amount more is employed by service providers from Aklan which include fishermen, farmers, drivers etc.  The whole local economy will be affected by the closure according to the DOLE official who asked not to be named pending an official position from the main office on the matter.

The DENR has been actively inspecting the facilities on the island the past 2 weeks and have cited various violations. (See previous report)

Boracay faces closure, hotel owners appeal

Violators of the 30m easement have been targeted and demolished as exemplified by the DENR action on West Cove “Pacman” Resort as owned by Crisostomo Aquino.

This Report is verified by NewsmePh

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/197608-cynthia-villar-boracay-properties

 

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Boracay faces closure, Hotel owners appeal

March 4 2018 – Over 200 cases of environmental violations have been filed by the DENR (Department of Natural Resources) against Resort and Hotel owners in the world famous vacation spot of Boracay Island, Philippines.

It was found that about 190 plus establishments were dumping untreated sewage directly into the sea causing massive pollution along the shorelines.  The water treatment facilities in Manoc-Manoc and Balabag were found to have exceeded their capacities promting DENR Secretary Cimatu to order their rehabilitation.

Violations include among others: violation of the Philippine Clean Water Act, violation of the Philippine Clean Air Act and operation of establishments without any environmental compliance certificate.

Over 578 establishments on and near shore were inspected by the DENR with most violations being given to on-shore resorts and establishments.

According to DILG Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III, some areas of the island will be closed to tourist as structures would need to be demolished in order to fix the sewage problem.  DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano stated that Boracay cannot be rehabilitated under normal circumstances.  One of the options is to totally close down the island to tourists for 60 days.

Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo proposed the creation of the Boracay Development Authority as a long term solution to the island’s incessant problems and violations of the environmental laws.  The authority to manage Boracay was given to the Local Government Unit in 1991 and this is the result she added. Last Monday, the Department of Tourism (DOT) stopped the processing of new and expiring accreditation certificates of establishments in the island which were not complying with environmental laws.

Senator Cynthia Villar has opposed the total closure of the island and instead told the DENR and LGU to close down the erring and violating establishments.  “Close only those that are violating laws, those operating without ECC’s, those that are not compliant.”

The closure of the island would be a drastic solution to years long problem of pollution, over crowding and environmental problems.  But would have a big effect on the Labor situation in the Region.  Department of Labor Western Visayas Director said that 17,000 workers in Boracay would be affected with a total closure. “The suggested closure will increase the unemployment in the region and will have an impact on related businesses that supply and provide services for the island.  It’s a domino effect.”

President Duterte had issued an order to “SHUT THEM DOWN” to the DENR referring to those that have been violating the environmental laws.  Upon hearing this, some resorts owners voluntarily ceased operations to comply with the DENR.  Crisostom Aquino whose West Cove Resort had been in the media for several years for building structures on natural rock formations was surprised by the speed of the demolition team brought by former AFP General and now DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu who ordered the immediate demolition on site of the violating structures.  Aquino has been using the courts to delay the demolition of the structures since 2014.

West Cove stands on leased government land under a 25 year Forest Land use Agreement for Tourism which was cancelled in September 12, of 2014 for violating the agreement.  West Cove built structures outside of the allowed area and built them on natural formations.

Cimatu warned that if the establishments do not comply with the laws, they will be closed down. “We have to strictly enforce environmental laws in order to protect the country’s tourism sites so that the future generations will be able to enjoy them as well.”

Compliant resorts and hotel owners have appealed against the total closure of the island as it will affect the economy of the Province.

 
This report has been verified by NewsmePh

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http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/business/2018/03/01/freeze-boracay-closure-plan-labor-sector-appeals-duterte-591380

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/971000/major-boracay-resort-bows-to-denr-crackdown

 

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

 

 

GAOC Dental Centers expand clinics

The Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) recently expanded to 2 more locations in the Philippines. According to its President and CEO Dr. Steve Mark Gan, the 2 world class clinics are in the S Maison at the Conrad Hotel in Manila and at the SM Seaside City in Cebu City.

gaoc-s-maison-taxGAOC’s Conrad Center will be the new hub of modern dental services in Manila.

Over its 15 years of existence since its founding in 2001, GAOC has been a paragon of dental innovation and a champion in uplifting the dental profession. It has built a client base of over 10,000 patients. “We value our relationship with our patients and provide them the best care and world class products. It is a taxing task that we adhere to at all times!” says Dr. Gan.

Both the Conrad Hotel/S Maison and SM Seaside City Clinics in Cebu are now open. “The Conrad Center was initially set to open last September, but I wanted to make sure that all the equipment and fittings are even better than those of our existing clinics and that the staff and Doctors are fully prepared to provide GAOC’s type of world class dental service. The Cebu Center will also feature the highest standards in medical dental care!” according to Dr. Gan.

gaoc-sm-seaside-taxesGAOC’s SM Seaside City Center expands the reach of the world-class dental service to the Premiere City of the South

GAOC has always been positioned as a premier dental center with known celebrities, politicians and socialites as its clientele. What has been unknown to many is its active Corporate Social Responsibility that provides dental care for indigents in partnership with corporations and organizations like JCI & Operation Smile Philippines. The expansion, according to Dr. Gan, also aims to extend its reach across the nation to further strengthen its CSR Program that focuses on educating people on oral hygiene and provides free dental services to specific target communities.

From a 1 room, single chair clinic in Binondo, GAOC has grown to 9 world class, one stop shop dental centers made possible with the latest addition of the above-mentioned 2 locations with a complement of over 40 highly qualified Dental Doctors across all centers. Dr. Gan says the expansion will no longer tax our patients in terms of traffic and travel time. Client convenience was a big factor in the expansion decision where we could establish a GAOC clinic that will be near their location!

gaoc-binondo-clinic-birThe First Dental Clinic of Dr. Steve Mark Gan was founded in Chinatown 18 years ago and started with his savings of 3,000 pesos. In 2001 he started GAOC.

The outlook of Dr. Gan on the continued growth of Dental services in the Philippines remains bullish and positive. Gan, a former Chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Dentistry of the Professional Regulatory Commission, made sure that the level of professionalism of Filipino Dentists was raised to world class standards that allowed them to compete globally during his stint.

GAOC is one of the biggest chains of Dental Centers in the Philippines that adheres to these world-class standards in both its Doctors and facilities. Its services include: Dental implants and related surgical procedures, Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry.