Officials hold Boracay aerial inspection ahead of Senate probe

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2018 02:32 PM | Updated as of Oct 21 2018 07:45 AM

MANILA - Officials of the environment, tourism and interior and local government departments on Thursday held an aerial inspection of Boracay island, currently undergoing unprecedented cleanup amid prevalent sewage problems. 

The inspection came on the eve of the Senate's on-site investigation on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' issuance of environmental compliance certificates to several establishments on the holiday island despite reported violations of environmental laws.

The Boracay cleanup came after President Rodrigo Duterte cited the island's sewage problems, calling it a "cesspool" and threatening to shut it down. 

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo earlier pitched for the closure of the island during the "habagat" (southwest monsoon) season from July to October to demolish establishments that encroach the easement zone area.

The shutdown, however, is feared to leave thousands of Boracay workers jobless.

-- with reports from Jeff Canoy and Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News