Palace: Boracay drainage improvement seen completed by 2020

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 21 2018 05:31 PM

MANILA - The second phase of the Boracay Drainage Improvement Project, which is expected to resolve flooding problems in the tourism hotspot, is set to begin this month, Malacañang said.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority approved the implementation of the project that will be completed by 2020.

"This project consists of the construction of a pipeline diverting the treated drainage water into a wetland in Sitio Lugutan. Currently, the treated water is discharged at the Bulabog beach," he said Sunday.

"Indeed, we are committed to provide improved water quality services while mitigating the island's perennial flooding problems," added Roque referring to the reported floods in the island.

Boracay remains one of the top tourist spots in the Philippines, luring beach lovers with its white sand beaches. A total number of tourist arrivals in Boracay in 2016 was 1,725,483. 

Tourism growth is expected to continue in the coming years as more flights and facilities are established in a place dubbed as "Island Paradise." 

The Tourism Department earlier said it will continue to monitor establishments violating the the easement portion area of the white sand beach.