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DENR forms team to check on Panglao waste management

- Anna Gabriela A. Mogato

THE DEPARTMENT of Environmen­t and Natural Resources (DENR) has formed a regional investigat­ing team in Panglao, Bohol to monitor waste management, especially along the island’s shorelines amid the government’s crackdown on environmen­tal law violations. This comes after President Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened to shut down establishm­ents in Boracay that have been illegally dumping their untreated waste water into the sea. DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, in a statement, said that “[w]hat happened to Boracay is a wake-up call.” DENR Region 7 Director Gilbert C. Gonzales said the investigat­ion team will check on the garbage disposal systems, and sewage and waste water facilities of each establishm­ent along the coastal areas. We [also] have to look into the land classifica­tion of these areas to make sure that public owned or forestland­s are not occupied by illegal settlers or illegal structures built and operated by local or foreign business owners,” he added. —

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