‘Cesspool’no more: DENR chief claims Boracay now ‘clean’

Boracay Island (Photo by Philip Familara Photography)
Boracay Island (Photo courtesy of Philip Familara Photography)

Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is now “clean” and “fit for swimming,” said Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu.

The world-famous island, known for its powdery-white sand and clear waters, is no longer a “cesspool,” according to Cimatu.

The 10-day dry run of the reopening of the 1,032- hectare island began on Monday, Oct. 15. Boracay will officially open its doors on Oct. 26.

The island was closed last April 26. The shutdown was ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to pave the way for the six-month rehabilitation.

Cimatu said Boracay’s waters, based on the result of the latest water quality test, registered 18.1 most probable number (mpn) per 100 millilters (ml).

“This is way lower than the standard of 100 mpn per 100 ml.”IMT