Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen:

    Today marks the 23rd day since President Duterte declared the closure of Boracay to give way to a 6-month clean up and rehabilitation works.

      And since then we witnessed the cooperative effort of all government agencies mandated by President Duterte thru Executive Order No. 53 to save Boracay from further deterioration.

       I am pleased to note as well of the positive response of the locals in the rehabilitation effort as it redounds to the enormous benefits not only to them but also to the environment.

       Allow me therefore to present the updates on the DENR’s effort in rehabilitating the island of Boracay which includes the following:


  • The Boracay Island Water Company commitment,

  • The Boracay Tubi System Incorporated commitment,

  • The monitoring of the progress of the road widening being undertaken by the DPWH,

  • The monitoring of the removal of structures within the 25+5 meter ‘NO BUILD ZONE’,

  • The monitoring of removal of illegal occupants and structures in Wetland No. 6, and

  • The issuance of CEASE AND DESIST ORDER (CDO) to ongoing construction as per Section 3 of Executive Order No. 53.


      The commitment of the Boracay Island Water Company or BIWC is to divert the drainage outfall before it goes into the sea and to conduct clean-up of identified areas of the drainage system. As per May 2, 2018 report, updates include the rechanneling of the black pipeline to the BIWC Balabag Sewerage Treatment Plant for treatment.

       As for the Blue Pipeline waste water discharge, this will be diverted to the Tieza Pumping Station, which will be rechanneled to the BIWC Balabag and Manoc-Manoc Sewerage Treatment Plant where it will be treated before its discharge into the sea.

     On the other hand, the commitment of the Boracay Tubi System Incorporated is the treatment of the drainage outfalls as well as rehabilitation of Wetland No. 6.

     The desiltation and rehabilitation of all drainage lines being undertaken by the Office of the Provincial Engineering Office is almost complete.

      Road easements are also being monitored, and some of the updates include the demolition of 100% of the structures from Cagban to Rotonda Road, while there is an on-going demolition along the main road, while other structures have been self-demolished. These demolitions were done by the DPWH and the Provincial LGU of Aklan.

     On the other hand, the monitoring of the 25+5 meter No-Build Zone Easement updates includes the on-going recovery of the NAMRIA monuments, the validation of the affected structures. There were also 206 establishments issued with show-cause orders, which translates to 66% (206 out of 308), who are violating the law.


      Wetlands and forestlands are also being monitored, with the relocation of the boundaries almost completed, the Block E having 50% completed out of the other four blocks completed.


       Occupants in the forestlands have also been issued with a notice to vacate, translating to 40% of the occupants (341 out of 842).


       The relocation of the boundaries of all nine (9) wetlands has been completed.


     Finally, 100% of the 195 establishments not connected to the sewer line have been issued with Notices of Violations by the Environmental Management Bureau.

        Thank you.


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Photo Releases

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

Tacloban City communities join this year’s #InternationalCoastalCleanUp activities. DENR Region 8, together with other government agencies and private institutions joined hands in cleaning up the coastal areas and waterways within the city.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu recently visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Samar in Catbalogan City. During his interface with DENR employees in Samar province, Secretary Cimatu laid his plans to help reduce poverty. Among these are increasing livelihood opportunities through the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP), reinventing mining to ensure that the country’s mineral resources will benefit the people without compromising the environment, and promoting cacao commodity to augment the livelihood of NGP PO beneficiaries in Samar.

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