Gov't checks environmental compliance of Bohol businesses

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2018 12:19 PM

PANGLAO, Bohol - Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia on Tuesday started to inspect the compliance of businesses operating along the beaches here.

The government officials first inspected resorts in the island and reminded establishments to abide by the 20-meter easement zone mandated by current laws.

Panglao's Alona beach is a known tourist destination here in the province as it serves as the jump-off point of boat tours carrying tourists who booked dolphin-watching or island-hopping tours.

The government started inspecting the environmental compliance of businesses in popular tourist destinations in February after President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he will shut down Boracay islands if its "cesspools" would not be cleaned within 6 months.

Last week, the government ordered the closure of 31 beachfront establishments in Boracay that violated easement rules.

About 6,000 homes illegally built in Boracay's forestland and wetlands will also be removed.

- report from Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News