Se­na­tors call for ac­count­abil­ity in Bo­ra­cay mess

Business World - - THE NATION - Camille A. Aguinaldo

SE­NA­TORS MARIA Lour­des Nancy S. Bi­nay and Joseph Vic­tor G. Ejercito yes­ter­day urged the ad­min­is­tra­tion to fast-track ac­tions that ad­dress the sew­er­age prob­lem in Bo­ra­cay Is­land, one of the coun­try’s most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions. Ms. Bi­nay, chair of the se­nate com­mit­tee on tourism, wants the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Ak­lan lo­cal of­fi­cials to cre­ate cit­i­zens’ teams to mon­i­tor the clean­ing op­er­a­tions. For his part, Mr. Ejercito wants the erring pri­vate es­tab­lish­ments and lo­cal of­fi­cials to be held ac­count­able for ig­nor­ing en­vi­ron­ment laws, which led to the is­land’s un­treated waste­water and sewage prob­lem. “I be­lieve that those pri­vate es­tab­lish­ments that are found guilty of not fol­low­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and that have caused the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the sit­u­a­tion in Bo­ra­cay has to be charged as well as those gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who ap­proved the per­mits,” he said in an in­ter­view with re­porters. “Let us give a chance for Bo­ra­cay to breathe,” he added.

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