‘Cleaner’ Boracay awaits re - opening - The Daily Sentry

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‘Cleaner’ Boracay awaits re - opening




Boracay Island, photo from The Tummy Traveler
‘WITHIN STANDARDS’ - Boracay Island is gradually rejuvenating after more than two (2) months from closure and unceasing efforts of recovery with a significant decrease of fecal coliform concentration level particularly at the Long Beach of the island.

The President have initially threatened to ‘CLOSE DOWN’ the famous white-sand Island destination with a brutal assessment that it is ‘drowning in feces’ and needs immediate rehabilitation to protect the welfare of its millions of visitors and conserve its natural habitat.

Boracay’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Atty. Richard Fabila confirmed on Thursday’s statement that, “Before (the closure), it is really failing. It’s unsafe, but now based on statistics and laboratory tests conducted by the EMB (Environmental Management Bureau), it already passed (the standards).”

“It (long beach) is now safe for swimming,” he assured.

Due to further Laboratory testing, the official result of the Fecal Coliform Concentration Level of Boracay’s water shall be released at least 18 hours after testing.

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With daily monitoring, a team from the EMB-6 Western Visayas conducted a routine ‘on-site’ analysis of the water quality in front of Casa Pilar, one of its chosen testing sites, with starting temperature of up to 30 Degrees Celsius.

Based on the detailed initial results, the Sea Water’s pH level scored 7 or in its NEUTRAL level; Salinity is at 3,100 PPM (Parts Per Million) considered as normal; and Dissolved Oxygen at 7.6, still considered as normal. ‘Safe Level’ for coliform build-up is at 400 MPN (Most Probable Number) per 100ml (milliliters) while normal Salinity Level is between 3,000 to 5,000 PPM.

Fabila however, clarified that Bulabog Beach located at the BACK portion of the Island is still ‘NOT WITHIN STANDARDS’ because of the ongoing rehabilitation of its existing drainage systems.

Expected to re – open by October this year, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

Secretary Roy Cimatu already hinted on Wednesday night, that Boracay is already ‘CLEAN’.

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Source: philstar.com