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DENR suspends compliance certificates of Boracay businesses

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) suspended Boracay establishments' environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) pending their review.

“All ECCs issued in Boracay Island are hereby suspended and the same shall be thoroughly reviewed in terms of their compliance to current local and national laws, rules, and regulations,” DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said in a memorandum order dated July 18.

A committee composed of representatives from DENR, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau will conduct the review.

Results of DENR's land ownership mapping in Boracay as well as their carrying capacity study will be considered for granting or cancelling ECCs.

The EMB regional office of Boracay is tasked to monitor the compliance of the establishments during the suspension. It will also monitor small business who have certificates of non-coverage instead of ECCs, due to their minimal to none environmental impact.

Boracay island was closed off to tourists for six months beginning April 26, upon President Rodrigo Duterte's order. Duterte had called the tourist destination a “cesspool” due to various environmental issues the island had faced.

DENR data showed there are over 2,600 establishments in the island as of February. (CNN Phil)

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