Saturday, November 17, 2012

Boracay community appealed for coordination in resolving the drainage issue

By: Ver Esclamado | November 17, 2012 | Easy Rock Boracay

Members of Boracay community have called on everyone to join force in resolving the island’s perpetual drainage problem.

The message of support and coordination was conferred during the public consultation conducted by the Tourism Infrastructure & Enterprise Zone Authority – Regulatory Office (TIEZA-RO) in partnership with Boracay Island Water Company, Inc. (BIWCI) which was held in Barangay Manoc-Manoc on November 15.

Throughout the forum, it became apparent that the main concern of the island community is the flooding. Community members, notably the hotel operators, have raised serious concerns on the matter as it is affecting the quality of tourist experience.

As with presenting a problem, forum participants dished out ideas on how they think the problem can be solved. Residents, business owners and local government officials poured in their ideas and tips on how to finally stop the undesirable attraction commonly seen along the main road of the island.

They all encouraged everyone to make sure businesses and residences connect to the main sewer pipe to avoid heavy flooding and to avoid dirty water from draining on to the beaches of Boracay Island.

Like a show-stopper, Sangguniang Bayan Member Jupiter Gallenero gave everyone a heads up regarding a municipal ordinance being drafted which would require businesses to connect to the main sewer line or they may face non-renewal of business permit. Gallenero’s statement was warmly received by the forum.

Earlier in the forum, BIWCI and TIEZA-RO officials presented the master plan laid out for Boracay Island’s water, sewer and drainage systems. Both also presented the development carried out by BIWCI since it acquired the concession in 2009.

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