Boracay's D'Mall, water utility face closure: official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2018 11:10 AM

MANILA - The D'Mall commercial center and Ayala Corp's water unit in Boracay face closure, as the government prepares to solve the island's pollution problem, an official who is helping plan the cleanup said Wednesday.

D'Mall, which houses shops and restaurants, was built on wetlands, a violation of environment laws, Interior and Local Government Asec Epimaco Densing said. Its operator has denied the charge.

Boracay Island Water Co, on the other hand, "reached the maximum stage" of its sewerage system, Densing told ANC's Headstart. Boracay Island Water is a unit of Ayala Corp subsidiary Manila Water.

"The island is really in crisis...We should not deny that there is a crisis," he said.

The Ayala company's rival, Boracay Tubi System Inc owned by businessman Lucio Tan, offered to build a second drainage system in Boracay with no fees, said Densing.

The government is preparing to shut down Boracay from tourists for months to give way to rehabilitation after President Rodrigo Duterte called the island a "cesspool."

A rehabilitation proposal prepared by the interior, environment, and tourism departments is up for discussion at a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Wednesday.