Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito is pushing for a probe on worsening air pollution and degradation in some of the nation’s prime island seaside locations regardless of efforts selling environmental safety.
“There is a need to review the practice of proper waste water treatment and solid waste management, the rules and regulations enforced among local government units (LGUs), hotels, restaurants, bars, dive shops and other related tourism enterprises and the behaviour of residents and tourists across all islands and shorelines facing rapid tourism and urban development such as in Aklan, Cebu, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, Palawan and Albay among others,” Ejercito mentioned in submitting Senate decision No. 393.
Boracay island, the senator mentioned, was as soon as famend as the most stunning tropical paradise in the world and stays one of the nation’s prime island locations and income-earner for the tourism business.
“Unfortunately, it’s reputation is now at risk due to alleged overcrowding, over-development and worse, decline in marine water quality due to poo and inadequate wastewater treatment and sewerage system,” he mentioned.
Furthermore, the situation of air pollution, violations of the constructing code and different environmental legal guidelines by residents, restaurant house owners and hoteliers in Boracay have been delivered to the public’s consideration as early as 2006 after which once more in 2015, Ejercito mentioned.
The senator mentioned he deemed it greatest to direct the Senate tourism committee to analyze the state of the Philippines beaches earlier than the nation loses one of its largest greenback earners.