Posted October 9, 2014
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante
Basement construction of establishments in Boracay will be prohibited as soon as the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay has its final decision on the issue.
Basements are believed to cause flooding during heavy rains.
As rain water enters the basement, establishments then pumps them to the drainage system, causing the drainage to overflow.
SB member and Chairman of the Committee on Laws Rowen Aguirre said on his committee report last Tuesday that it needs to be prohibited rather than to be regulate.
This matter was also discussed and prohibited by the Zoning and Engineering Department of Malay after they found out that water comes out from the ground even with just shallow excavation.
Aguirre also stressed that the volume of water coming from the underground is very strong.
Several major hotels on the island have been found to have constructed their basements for their generator sets.
Meanwhile, the Malay council is yet to discuss the matter for the second reading during the next regular session.