Senator seeks probe on DENR permits issuance amid Boracay crackdown

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Posted at Feb 23 2018 07:06 PM

MANILA - Sen. Joel Villanueva on Friday called for an investigation into the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) issuance of environmental compliance certificates (ECCs).

This after several establishments in tourist island Boracay were found to have continued operations despite reported violations of environmental laws.

In a statement, Villanueva said he filed Senate Resolution No. 646 in a bid to "review the conduct of environmental impact assessment and the approval process of the DENR with regard to applications for ECCs."
 
“Businesses and industries should account for the possible impact of their operations in aggravating the impact of climate change. Our regulatory agencies should also improve their capacity in monitoring compliance and enforcement of environmental policies,” he said. 

“The proliferation of private establishments in Boracay island and the poor monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws have resulted in massive environmental damage in the island which threatens the viability of the island as a prime tourist destination," he said.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier said Boracay may be closed down to tourists for 60 days and may be placed under a state of calamity as an environmental clean-up begins.

The island was placed under scrutiny after President Rodrigo Duterte called it a "cesspool" due to sewage problems and threatened to close it down to protect the health of millions of visitors.