Wednesday , June 20, 2018

Western Visayas police back up measures to clean up Boracay

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa confirmed that the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Western Visayas based in Iloilo will be working closely with other government agencies to enforce security, law enforcement and environmental laws in Boracay Island.

Dela Rosa said that Western Visayas Deputy Chief for Operations (DCO) Fernando Mendez is among those planning for the Boracay cleanup as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Nandun si DCO General Mendez, kasama doon sa mga nag-plano sa Boracay cleanup and ‘yung PRO 6 will be mainly involved in the security and law enforcement, at kapag mag-enforce ng environmental laws, nandun yung ating PRO 6," Dela Rosa explained.

The President earlier said he would place the area under state of calamity due to lapses in compliance with environmental standards by some businesses there.

READ: Duterte to put Boracay under state of calamity if not cleaned up in 6 months

Last month, Duterte described the island as a cesspool and has ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to clean up Boracay.

READ: Duterte wants to shut down Boracay

The President explained that placing the island under state of calamity would allow the government to extend assistance to those who are displaced financially.

Department of Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año has been tasked to resolve the Boracay crisis soon.

Malacañan has also urged the public to work together with the government in the cleanup of the island, citing that the problem in the island is an issue of public interest, safety and health. (PNA)