“Hindi daw tinulungan si tatay na makakuha ng tax declaration. The President reported in EO No. When residents asked me if they could put a pipe to reduce flooding in the area, I said go ahead, that’s why they chipped in.). Alam pala nila na wala kaming papel, hindi man lang kami sinabihan na kumuha. Delsa Justo, 59, an Ati tribal leader, said the mountains of Boracay used to be the community's backyard. Remaining tourists walk along the main road of Boracay on April 26, 2018 as workers from the Department of Public Works and Highways demolish structures that will be affected by the road widening on the island. The local government has been transporting the garbage to the mainland since July 2017 to prevent leachates from oozing into the sea. Boracay originally had 16 forestlands and 9 wetlands, but based on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) survey on April 4, all the wetlands have disappeared while the remaining 5 inland bodies of water are already surrounded--if not wiped out--by shops, resorts, or illegal settlers. “’Yung area dito, ide-develop namin para in case of typhoons or bad weather, hindi makakatawid ‘yung barge, ‘yung waste hindi exposed sa sunlight,” Tayo said. But since its reopening on October 2018 after a 6-month rehabilitation closure, a lot has changed. 53 gave a two-year term for the inter-agency task force, which ended last May 8, and crafted the Boracay Action Plan. But during high tide, the discharge will reach the water.). Santos said allowing hotels to manage their own sewage treatment facilities is not ideal for both tourists and the environment. “Ang sa akin lang, kung ipagiba ang (mga bahay sa) wetland, lahat. Sacapaño said she told residents that she would have the pipe removed after it was found to be discharging dirty water. Under MGCQ, tourist spots are allowed to operate for up to 50 percent of its full capacity. Yapak by 40-45 minutes from the usual 1-hour 30-minute travel. Tourists leave the island on April 26, 2018, signaling the start of the 6-month closure of Boracay. "Noon kasi walang drainage diyan so nagbabaha sa kanila. Manila Water Foundation (MWF), Globe Telecom, and Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the construction of a communal septic tank in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Balabag in Boracay, as part of the partnership’s P1.3 million rehabilitation projects for … Story by Katrina DomingoPhotographs by Fernando G. Sepe, Jr. Residents reported to a government hotline that at least 3 pipes were discharging waste water from households and commercial establishments into the shores of the 4-kilometer stretch of White Beach. Whole communities are present in some areas considered part of the wetlands. WILLY'S ROCK. On May 1, a pipe discharging foul-smelling liquid and white foam was unearthed along White Beach. It exceeded by 109.95 hectares or 4,712 units for residential structures, 194.90 hectares or 154 units for businesses with lodging or accommodation services, and 16.95 hectares or 878 units for other business establishments. Under existing rules, small businesses like street-side eateries and accommodations with less than 5 rooms pay a P600 garbage fee to the treasurer’s office every month. In the absence of tourists in the area because of the closure, locals temporarily have exclusive use of Puka Beach. Atis rely on nature for some of their meals, just as they have for ages when they had the island to themselves. Around 36,000 formal and informal workers either had to leave the island to look for jobs elsewhere or had to apply as cleaners or construction workers under the government’s cash assistance program in Boracay. The Bulabog access road is being widened for the circumferential road that will pass through Bulabog Beach. “As the BIATF completes its rehabilitation targets pursuant to an executive order issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, it will make sure that aid will be given to indigent families affected by the implementation of the easement laws in Boracay,” said Cimatu. Members of the Ati tribe are now confined in a small area in Manoc-manoc. In January 2019, right after the successful Boracay rehabilitation project which led to the closure of the entire island for almost a year, the DENR, along with other mandamus agencies that form part of the Manila Bay Task Force created by President Duterte, regular massive cleanups were conducted along the bay including its tributaries. Despite Boracay's congestion, new projects are still set to rise on the island that is just twice as big as the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman. The Materials Recovery Facility in Barangay Manoc-Manoc is a transfer area for the island's garbage before it is loaded on to trucks and shipped to the mainland in Aklan. Boracay may reopen on October 26, but government officials said the island's full rehabilitation will not be completed by then. The government also wants to complete the rehabilitation of the “cesspool” pipe along Bolabog beach within the 6-month closure. Baka magwork na lang muna ako sa ibang lugar, tapos babalik na lang pag bukas na ulit [ang isla sa turista],” he said. 115 also cited a 2018 study conducted by the DENR Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau and the University of the Philippines Los BaÃ±os, which concluded that Boracay had exceeded its physical carrying capacity. “Noong araw, lilinisan mo lang 'yung lupa, tatanggalin mo lang 'yung mga kahoy, palagyan mo lang ng pangalan na para sa iyo, magiging sa iyo na iyon (lupa) kasi lagyan ka ng tax declaration na sa iyo na iyon,” Delos Santos said while showing ABS-CBN News copies of the tax receipts reflecting their decades-long real property tax payments for the lot. EO No. Helgen said the island's natural resources, water activities, and booming night life are enough to attract tourists to the island and sustain the livelihood of the locals. Seventy-three-year-old Jimmy delos Santos and his family are among those who erected their homes on a wetland. EO No. Boracay’s Ati community, nomads on the island even before World War II, was displaced amid the island's rapid development, especially after it was discovered as a tourist paradise. Algae blooms, which some say is a sign of dirty water surrounding the island (which others dispute), carpet the shore near the iconic Willy's Rock. Even President Rodrigo’s fiercest critics are impressed. Houses have proliferated in some parts of the wetlands as people rent land from other residents. Thirty tons of biodegradable wastes are used as fertilizers, 21 tons of recyclable materials are sold to junk shops, and 25 tons of residual wastes are ferried to the mainland dumpsite, Solid Waste Management section chief Jan Michael Tayo told ABS-CBN News. The municipal council plans to overhaul the garbage fees imposed on business establishments on the island. It has since been reopened for limited numbers of tourists, while rehabilitation is ongoing. The paraws that dotted the island’s shallow waters sailed elsewhere. If that pipe is really for rainwater and flooding, why is it discharging water even when it’s not raining?). CNN and the CNN logo are registered marks of Cable News Network, Inc., displayed with permission. Boracay was closed. WATCH Mountain being flattened in Boracay village amid rehabilitation File: 180516_PhilStar_Adel_WATCH Mountain being flattened in Boracay village amid rehabilitation.pdf Boracay would have normally been packed with tourists on the island's peak season. “More than 200 establishments ang tatamaan sa 12-meter right of way ng road widening namin sa Boracay. The Atis adjusted to the culture of the settlers to the island and later to the influx of tourists. Editor's note: This special report by ABS-CBN News Digital received Honorable Mention in Reporting on the Environment at the Society of Publishers in Asia's (SOPA) 2019 Awards for Editorial Excellence. The area was also the target of a government crackdown against companies that built their establishments on natural features. Boracay Island has been the headlines of several local news outlets and social media pages after the Duterte administration has ordered the closure of the famous tourist spot for improper waste disposal. Manoc-Manoc to Ilig-Iligan Beach in Brgy. 115 last May 11, that will allow the inter-agency task force to complete critical projects in Boracay Island in pursuant of the Boracay Action Plan. Nagpaalam sila sa akin na maglagay ng tubo para hindi sila bahain so sabi ko sige kaya nag-ambag-ambag sila para mailagay 'yun," Sacapaño told ABS-CBN News. The on-going development and rehabilitation process of Boracay Island’s photos revealed the gradual improvement of the famous tourist’s spot.. Boracay Island is currently under reconstruction and rehabilitation process to restore the natural beauty of the island, which is already polluted by waste. (The pipe is just short so it just discharges on the sand. "Sasabihin ninyo how about the business there? Only one member of a family may work for each department for 30 days. The port renovation project has yet to be approved by the Aklan provincial board. Cumbersome 'yun ha kasi marumi 'yun, ang baho,” Santos said. “Sana klaro naman nang marinig ng lahat ng taga-Boracay na ito ay para na ito sa mga Ati,” she said. Wala akong master plan diyan, linisin ko muna 'yan kasi agricultural 'yan. They are flanked by Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez and JGSPC SVP for Government Affairs and Special Projects Marino Agbayani. It's a pity, I would have earned a lot because it's the peak season.). From foraging the forests for food, Justo now only plants her crop in pots and shares her meager harvest with the 45 Ati families in her tribe. Delos Santos said he is willing to demolish the house he has lived in for over 7 decades if the government provides a decent relocation site within the island, and if large hotels and resorts situated in forestlands and wetlands will be the first to go. Officials said around 6,000 families illegally settling in Boracay’s wetlands will have to be relocated but they have yet to identify how many hotels and resorts will be demolished to recover these natural resources. Duterte instructed the Boracay inter-agency task force to have a full report of its accomplishments and budget used at the end of its term next year. These treatment plants filter and cleanse polluted fluids before discharging them at least 500 meters away from the beach. This prompted the President to issue Executive Order No. Marami namang compliant, we have yet to find out ilan exactly ang non-compliant,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar told ABS-CBN News. MANILA, Philippines — Following the six-month Boracay rehabilitation, the government is looking at replicating efforts to restore Manila Bay to its pristine state fit for recreation. "Ire-recommend ko sa DENR national na bungkalin buong White Beach para mahanap ‘yang nga pipe na ‘yan," Fabila said. There are so many casinos in Manila and in Macau," Helgen said. “Kikiluhin talaga namin [ang basura per establishment],” he said. All rights reserved. Property titan Megaworld is building Boracay New Coast, a 150-hectare development on the eastern side of the island. Here are the photos of on-going development and rehabilitation of Boracay Island. Residents of Barangay Manoc-manoc wait to sign up for job-for-work programs being offered for those displaced by the closure. The executive order also noted that since its inception in 2018, the Boracay inter-agency task force implemented the demolition of 111 structures on wetlands, 227 structures on the beach easement, and 896 structures on the road easement. A team from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) dug into the sand and found a 6-inch diameter blue pipe, cushioned with sand bags to conceal the leak. All debris must be cleared as soon as possible so that civil works can begin by mid-May, Villar said. In February 2018, Duterte called Boracay a cesspool due to worsening pollution and sewage conditions that overshadowed the pristine waters and fine white sand of the world-renowned tourist destination in Aklan province. Illegal pipes, such as this found on Station 2 discharging "foul- smelling liquid," are unearthed in other stations of White Beach. “We are asking the locals to submit possible (marker) designs. The ottomans and beanbags where beachgoers lounged and sunbathed were packed up. A natural rock formation was also damaged after it was cemented and renovated to serve as one of West Cove’s lounges. The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the DOT’s infrastructure arm, is set to spend P1.1 billion to build an improved drainage system equipped with interceptors to carry larger volumes of rain and storm water from the island to the sea, former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said weeks before she resigned from her post. The island's drainage system, supposedly for rainwater, is clogged with dirty water and solid waste from years of illegal discharge. Boracay is a wholesome destination. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has said the government will restore all 9 wetlands of Boracay. At least 350 hotels, restaurants, and other tourist establishments operate in the 10-square-kilometer island. Some of the last remaining tourists cavort along White Beach a day before the closure. “Susubukan ko mag-apply as construction worker pero hindi ko alam kung tatanggapin nila ako o kung kaya ko pa kasi 55 na ako,” he said. The six-month closure of Boracay is a huge success. Workers manually excavate the clogged drainage pail by pail. Dozens more are being constructed in its 3 barangays: Manoc-manoc, Balabag, and Yapak. “'Yung mga residential, kasi wala kaming conveyance line, we syphon tapos du'n namin tini-treat sa Fairways,” he said. Even houses falling within the measured road widening are demolished. Workers of the Department of Public Works and Highways unearth an underground pipe that was discharging foul-smelling liquid into the water on Station 2 White Beach on May 1, 2018. Ang malalaki ay wala,” he said. After the island was shut down to tourists on April 26, pipes that were illegally discharging sewage into the sea were uncovered. The free land distribution component of a new agrarian reform program was agreed by both the NDFP and GRP at the RWCs-SER in the previous rounds of the peace talks. Tayo said the new garbage fees will have to be finalized by the municipal board. A group of tour operators and resort owners on the island said Boracay’s tourism receipts amounted to about P56 billion in the first nine months of 2017. Some residents said they were unaware that drainages – meant to flush rain and storm water out of the island - were different from sewers that are connected to treatment facilities. Kung saan kami nakilala, dito pa rin kami," said Junrey Tampos, who manages their family’s chori-burger stand. “Parang hindi para sa akin 'yung ganung trabaho. 53, which created the task force and enforced the shutdown of the island from April 26 to October 25 that year. Laborers work on a sewer system at the D'Mall commercial center at the center of Boracay's main business area. Cimatu added the families will be provided “cash assistance and relocation sites. It might be called the queen of all beaches due to its large contribution to the tourism industry of the country. The influence of the casino to the people there, there's no telling what will happen. Â© 2015 Nine Media Corp. CNN name, logo and all associated elements â¢ and Â© 2015 Cable News Network. The island had a population of over 40,000 in 2017, and at least 3.72 million foreign and local tourists flew to the island in 2017 alone, data from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) show. Huhukayin namin 'yan dahil hindi ko masasabi na cleared talaga [ang Boracay] kung hindi natin mahinto ito," he said. The wetlands on Manoc-manoc form part of seven remaining wetland reserves being preserved to maintain a natural ecosystem in the island. The re-opening of Boracay Island on October 26 is probably the most awaited development in the tourism sector. 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