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Malay LGU clears drainage canals to prevent flooding



With the onset of the rainy season, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay has started its clearing operation of drainage canals on the island.

Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, in an interview on Saturday, likewise said the LGU was already enforcing an ordinance requiring business establishments and residential areas to connect to the island’s sewer lines to avoid illegal connections to the drainage network.

He said the LGU would withhold the issuance of business permits to establishments not connected to the sewerage system or with no discharge permit.

He said residential areas in three Boracay villages were also required to connect to the island’s sewer lines.

“We are coordinating with our barangay officials because it is under their jurisdiction,” Cawaling said.

However, one factor that inhibits residential areas to connect to the sewer lines is the problem on the road right of way, said the mayor.

Meanwhile, the second phase of the Boracay Drainage Project, which is a two-phase project, a public-private partnership between the Tourism Infrastructure and Zone Authority and the Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) is currently underway.

The drainage project funded by TIEZA is aimed to mitigate the flooding in the island. BIWC is meanwhile in-charge of the operation and maintenance of the network.

Engr. Jennifer Vergara, technical operations head of the BIWC said the Phase I which covered the central district in the island, particularly within Balabag area, now in operation and had eased the flooding in the area.

Vergara also stressed that it was important for the LGU to strictly monitor residential and business establishment who illegally connect to the drainage network.

Karen V. Bermejo/PNA